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Visit Us at the National Book Festival

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The 16th Library of Congress National Book Festival, featuring more than 120 authors, illustrators and poets, will be this Saturday, September 24. If you have a moment, stop in and visit us in the Expo Hall. We’ll have activities for all ages, all day, but even if you can’t get to the Book Festival, you can experience some of the activities. Here are a couple of the ways that we connect books to primary sources:

Coding isn’t a new idea, and we’ll invite visitors to use Jefferson’s Cipher for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1803 to write a brief message. For more recent uses of coding, they might read books by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang.

We also have identified primary sources for a few of the books that will be featured at this year’s festival – many others would work, too! We’ll be inviting visitors to take a close look at the primary sources and leave us notes on what they see. If you would like to do the same with your students here’s a sneak peek at some of the items we’ll be using.


Primary sources

Titles and authors


The Veterinary Corps, U.S. Army

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Sophie Blackall



Mrs. Anna Kelter, 67, looks in horror at damage done by rioters to her store at 551 Nostrand Ave. in Brooklyn

Burn Baby Burn

Meg Medina

African American demonstrators outside the White House
March: Book Three

Rep. John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

Letter with illustrated fable, Theodore Roosevelt to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., 11 July 1890.
Grover Cleveland, Again! A Treasury of American Presidents

Ken Burns

Calavera comercial.

Raina Telgemeier

Let us know in the comments what you notice about the primary sources we’ve chosen and how they connect to the books we’re using. And if you connect a Library of Congress primary source  to a book featured at this year’s festival let us know in the comments.


  1. So good received your e-mails! I wish I could go, but I´m in Brazil. I hope all people around you do go. Best wishes.

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