Marking its 10th anniversary this year, the National Book Festival took place this past Saturday in Washington, D.C. According to the Library of Congress, which organizes the festival, an estimated 150,000 book-lovers flocked to the National Mall (a new record) to hear presentations from more than 70 authors, including many children's and YA writers. Suzanne Collins, Jerry Pinkney, Margarita Engle, Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer, M.T. Anderson, and Philip Hoose (who was joined by Claudette Colvin, the subject of his most recent book), were among the many authors and illustrators who read from and discussed their books and signed copies and posters for fans.
In addition to the traditional gala held the night before the festival and the author breakfast on Saturday morning, one of the highlights of this year's festival was the conclusion of the Exquisite Corpse Adventure, a serial reading experience unveiled last year, with Katherine Paterson, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, contributing the final addition to the story.
For those who couldn't make it to the festival this year, read on for our photo-tour of the festivities.