Sunday, September 15, 2013

National Book Festival in DC This Weekend

Sunday, September 22
Award-Winning Authors for Young People
to Perform Readers Theater
at National Book Festival

RIF Literacy Champions
Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol Rasco
to Serve as Masters of Ceremony

The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress invite adults and children of all ages to our “Literary Lights Readers Theater” to take place at the National Book Festival on the National Mall September 22 at 4:35 p.m. in the Special Programs Pavilion. The National Book Festival is free and open to the public.

Starring former National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka, as well as award-winning authors Susan Cooper and Grace Lin, the Readers Theater will also feature—in costume!—literacy champions Carol Rasco, President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), and Lynda Johnson Robb, a former First Lady of Virginia and a founding board member and Chairman Emeritus of RIF. NCBLA President and Executive Director Mary Brigid Barrett will introduce the presentation, which has been created for adults and children of all ages.

Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation similar to a radio play. This special production is inspired by books written by each of the performing authors. Katherine Paterson wrote the scripts for Jon Scieszka’s Cowboy and Octopus (Viking Juvenile), Grace Lin’s Starry River of the Sky (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), and her own A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season (Westminster John Know Press), incorporating the original text from the books. Susan Cooper wrote her own script for King of Shadows (Margaret K. McElderry Books). Robb and Rasco will be serving as masters of ceremony, costumed and performing as the title characters of Scieszka’s Cowboy and Octopus.

Twenty members of the audience will each receive a copy of one of the NCBLA's books Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out or The Exquisite Corpse Adventure, courtesy of Candlewick Press.

About The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance
The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance (the NCBLA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded by award-winning young people’s authors and illustrators. Acting as an independent creative agent or in partnership with interested parties, the NCBLA develops original projects, programs, and educational outreach that advocate for and educate about literacy, literature, libraries, the arts, and humanities. Keep up with NCBLA news and events on the NCBLA website (, blog (, and Facebook page (

About The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress
The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress was established by public law in 1977 to promote books, reading, literacy and libraries, as well as the scholarly study of books. Since its founding, the Center has established affiliate centers in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center's mission is carried out internationally through its overseas affiliates. More than 80 organizations are Center for the Book reading promotion partners both in the United States and abroad. Learn more at

About Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 410 million books in the hands of more than 39 million children since it was established in 1966. Learn more and help RIF provide books to kids who need them most, visit