Children's Author Interviews LIVE at National Book Festival

Children's Author Interviews LIVE at National Book Festival

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Check out live interviews with children's authors LIVE from the National Book Festival, hosted by PBS Newshour BookViewNow.The National Book Festival will be held Saturday, September 5th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. Live stream coverage of the event will air from 12 noon until 6 p.m. ET, with interviews tentatively scheduled with children's authors.  Watch On-Demand

Tentative Schedule Below: 

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Jon Scieszka is one of our guest hosts — and someone who has dedicated his writing life to getting young kids excited about writing — and especially boys, a greater percentage of whom tend to drift away from reading after picture books.  Scieszka is perhaps best known for his Stinky Cheese Man book with Lane Smith, but his Trucktown series are aimed at pre-K to Kindergartners and have a huge following:

Scieszka was also the very first National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, selected by the Librarian of Congress.   @ 12:30p to 1:30p


Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson - Leo:  A Ghost Story. This book has become a bit of a picture book phenomenon. Illustrator Christian Robinson has is a young talent and having a BIG moment now:   @3:09p


Dan Santat, The Adventures of Beekle The Imaginary Friend. Winner of this year’s Caldecott Medal. Wonderful picture book that is being made into a major motion picture directed by Jason Reitman. HUGE.  @4:40pm


1st grade to 5th Grade


Kate DiCamillo. A legend.  A two-time Newbery Medal winner, a favorite of teachers, librarians and kids everywhere. The EB White of our time. AND the current National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature, chosen by the Librarian of Congress.  @ 1:20pm


CeCe Bell’s El Deafo - a Newbery honor book this year. CeCe has written a beautiful book about being deaf and hard of hearing, charming librarians and teachers and kids everywhere.  @ 12:55pm 


Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who has written a new book for young readers about building a home for humans on Mars.   @ 12:40pm


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including THE CROSSOVER, which received: the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize. His other works include the award-winning children’s picture book "Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band," recently optioned as a children’s television show, and the Junior Library Selection, "He Said She Said," a YA novel. Alexander believes that poetry can change the world, and he uses it to inspire and empower young people through his Book-in-a-Day literacy program which has created more than 3,000 student authors at 69 schools across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. INSPIRING — and with us for two hours as guest host, from 2:30p to 4:30p


Michael Buckley and Jennifer Holm - both popular middle grade writers and graphic novelists with very strong followings.   Buckley, shortly after 1pm. Holm @ 4:15pm.

Other significant interiviews include David McCullogh talking about his book about the Wright Brothers, and Tom Brokaw, discussing new book "The Greatest Generation: A Lucky Life Interrupted."

The Library of Congress National Book Festival

Saturday, September 5th, 12:00-6:00 P.M. EDT

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As dozens of bestselling authors and thousands of book fans converge on Washington, DC this Labor Day weekend for the 15th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, PBS Book View Now will be there to provide audiences nationwide with comprehensive coverage of the all-day literary event. Coverage will be produced by Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and is made possible thanks to the support of the Wyncote Foundation. The coverage will be hosted by Jeffrey Brown, Senior Correspondent and Chief Arts Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, and Book View Now host Rich Fahle.

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