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The 2023 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12. A selection of programs will be livestreamed online and videos of all programs will be available shortly after the Festival. Plan your day using our website or download the Festival program and map.

Explore a wide array of fun and exciting activities and programs for Festival attendees of all ages in Hall DE (Level 2, North Building) of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Library of Congress Pavilion & Activities, Hall DE

Make, Learn and Create with the Library

Meet Library of Congress staff members and participate in hands-on activities – make a zine, browse titles from the children and teen stages, try the photography game “Off the Wall,” participate in Braille-based activities, explore how the Library acquires and catalogs items, and more. Festival attendees can also learn about volunteer programs with the Library, as well as fellowships and grants offered through the Library’s Of the People: Widening the Path project.

Roadmap to Reading, Hall DE

Follow the Roadmap to Reading

Take a literary trip around the country by visiting the Roadmap to Reading, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Roadmap to Reading will feature tables with representatives from 54 Centers for the Book: one for each state as well as tables for the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Marianas. Every year, each Center for the Book selects a children’s book and one for a general adult audience, creating a list of books called Great Reads from Great Places. Pick up a Great Reads from Great Places brochure and visit each table in the Roadmap to Reading to learn more about each state’s great reads and receive an ink stamp; young people who collect all of the stamps can receive a special giveaway at the IMLS booth!

Story District, Hall DE

The Story District, sponsored by CoStar Group

Storytelling comes alive at the new Story District! Local literacy nonprofits join together to celebrate the Festival’s featured authors, illustrators and stories. This fun and dynamic area in Hall DE features various activities for kids and families, including story times. Exhibitors include Story District's sponsor CoStar Group as well as News Literacy Project, Pride and Less Prejudice, Reading Is Fundamental, Shout Mouse Press and We Need Diverse Books.

Time Story
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. "Almost Time" by Gary D. Schmidt and Elizabeth Stickney
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. "Peanut Butter & Jellyfish" by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. "A Big Mooncake for Little Star" by Grace Lin
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "Mango, Abuela & Me" by Meg Medina
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "Hot Dog" by Doug Salati
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. "Once Upon a Book" by Grace Lin
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. "The Story of the Saxophone" by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm "Stickler Loves the World" by Lane Smith
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. "Evelyn Del Ray Is Moving Away” / “Evelyn Del Rey se muda" by Meg Medina
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. "We're All Wonders" by R.J. Palacio
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. "The Three Little Guinea Pigs" by Erica S. Perl
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Remember" by Joy Harjo and Michaela Goade
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. "A Perfect Day" by Lane Smith

Please note: Authors are not guaranteed to be present for the reading.

Meet Other Teen Book Lovers

The Library’s high school interns will host two teen meetups at the Story District in Hall DE. Meet other teens attending the National Book Festival and chat with current and former Library of Congress teen interns about their experiences and favorite resources at the Library!

Sponsors, Hall DE

National Center on Improving Literacy

Visit the National Center on Improving Literacy booth to experience read-aloud story time, explore how families can engage with children at home to support comprehension skills, and participate in activities on word building and the alphabet.


The Scholastic booth will have a fun photo booth, games, giveaways, and visits from Dog Man and Clifford the Big Red Dog.

U.S. Capitol Historical Society

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society will be selling wonderful kids’ items, including a kids’ Capitol tote bag, Capitol coloring books and 50 states playing cards.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post will host the Post Book World Stage, a craft station to make your own bookmarks and tattoos, bike-powered spin art, a spin-to-win prize wheel, and much more!

Time Activity
10:30 a.m. On Parenting with Amy Joyce, writer and editor
11:30 a.m. Spider-Man, The Avengers and More! with David Betancourt, comic book culture reporter
1:30 p.m. Flip the Page with Book World’s Ron Charles, Becca Rothfeld and John Williams
2:30 p.m. Eat Voraciously with Daniela Galarza, food writer and recipe developer
3:30 p.m. National Parks Travel Tips with Lillian Cunningham, "Field Trip" podcast host

Where’s Waldo?, Hall DE

The Festival is hiding Waldo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We know where he is…at least we think we do! Can you find him? Have you looked everywhere? Really everywhere? Look for Waldo walking around the Convention Center and also some cutouts of him in secret places. You’ll see Waldo walking around the Festival and you can possibly win a prize by asking his helpers how to enter the contest!