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National Book Festival and Raising Readers

Posted by Patience on September 29, 2009 at 7:14 AM in Books and Reading
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Jen and I headed to the National Book Festival on Saturday to celebrate our shared love of books with thousands of others. We ran into a few of our PBS friends while we were there.
I was missing Ethan especially, but Sid said, "Hi Ethan! I hope to meet you one day."

I was very excited to meet Wyatt. Can you tell how intense I felt?
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The highlight for Jen was getting to meet and interview Judy Blume. She was lovely in every way.
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I was beside myself to get a chance to talk to Tony DiTerlizzi, the author of The Spiderwick Chronicles. I was so excited I forgot to get something signed for Josiah but I think the interview was almost as cool.
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Last but certainely not least, our very favorite Mr. Steve was there!
mr. steve in action

Wandering the mall all day I was struck but how much excitement and buzz literature still has over people. How authors can be rockstars, kid's faces lit up connecting stories and hearing them read. You can learn more about the Raising Readers program here. It gave me all kinds of ideas to help my kids dream about offering their own ideas and art to the world.

Are you concerned about reading? Wondering when and how it should start?
Learn how kids become readers and writers here.

Look for more interviews soon too! Did you go to the festival this weekend? How's the reading going at your house these days? Are you sick of reading that same board book 1,000 times? What books are your grade schoolers devouring at the moment?

Check out more pics from the festival here.

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Laura writes...

OMG - Judy Blume! I love her and now my children are reading her books. And then Tony! What a great day. But just to brag for a second, we had a meet and greet with Jerry Spinelli. I was so excited. Can you tell that I love children's authors?????

Sky writes...

Wow! What a fun event! I'm a library lady and I've always, always, always believed in the power of reading. I taught myself to read at the age of 4. I've read to my children from the moment I found out I was pregnant. Even though I've done that, my 9 year old didn't enjoy reading until 3rd grade. Then, it clicked. My 2 year old can't get enough of books. It's funny how different kids are.

We read board books, tales with Pea's favorite, Mickey Mouse, to Cinderella. Johnny loves chapter books. Box Car Children and now Hardy Boys.

Reading can take you anywhere you want to go!

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