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Tents have been growing on the National Mall for a few weeks now. Authors have been visiting local schools and bookstores this week, too. There’s excitement building around D.C. — and it has absolutely nothing to do with elections. In fact, this is something that everyone can enjoy!

It’s time again for the National Book Festival (opens in a new window)!

There’s nothing quite like meeting an author or illustrator to motivate children to read. The new-to-first grade daughter of a friend of mine went to a program with her class where she met the creators of Chloe and the Lion (opens in a new window) (Hyperion). She was thrilled to learn about how the team worked, enjoyed hearing them read their book (filled with kid-humor) and now feels that she, too, can make books.

There are lots of well-known, highly acclaimed, award winning authors and illustrators (opens in a new window) for children and young adults to meet this weekend perhaps fueling their creative juices.

Some very young writers will be on hand, too. Their essays about books they read during the summer will be honored at a special program (opens in a new window).

Fred Bowen (opens in a new window), author and Kids Post columnist, will be on hand to present the awards. Fred’s books and columns are sports-oriented but appeal to both boys and girls. In fact, an adult student of children’s literature, an admitted not-interested-in-sports kind of reader, found herself totally enmeshed in Quarterback Season (opens in a new window) (Peachtree).

Just goes to show that readers are writers and writers are readers — and motivation comes from both.

About the Author

Reading Rockets’ children’s literature expert, Maria Salvadore, brings you into her world as she explores the best ways to use kids’ books both inside — and outside — of the classroom.

Publication Date
September 21, 2012