Film, Video How to Raise a Reader: 2019 National Book Festival

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How to Raise a Reader: 2019 National Book Festival
Pamela Paul and Maria Russo launched their new book "How to Raise a Reader" in a panel conversation with Linda Sue Park, author of "Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time," Jon Scieszka, author of "AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet" and Renée Watson, author of "Watch Us Rise" at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Event Date
August 31, 2019
-  Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and oversees books coverage at The Times, which she joined in 2011 as the children's books editor. She is also the host of the weekly Book Review podcast for the newspaper. She is the author and editor of five books, including "My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues." Her first book, "The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony," was named one of the best books of 2002 by The Washington Post. She is a former columnist for The Economist, Worth magazine and The New York Times Styles section. Her new book (with Maria Russo) is "How to Raise a Reader," which shows how to instill a love of reading in young people.
-  Maria Russo is the children's books editor of The New York Times Book Review. She has been a writer and editor at The Los Angeles Times, The New York Observer and Salon. She holds a Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University. Russo lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. Her new book, with Pamela Paul, is "How to Raise a Reader."
-  Linda Sue Park's first published piece was a haiku in a children's magazine when she was 9 years old, for which she was paid a dollar. She framed the check and has never cashed it. After graduating from Stanford, she took a job as a public relations writer for a major oil company. She left that job and moved to Ireland, married and had two children. After they moved to the States, she started her first book, "Seesaw Girl." She has published many other books since then, including her Newbery Award-winning "A Single Shard." Her new book is "Nya's Long Walk: A Step at a Time."
-  Jon Scieszka was the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature (2008-2009), a program of the Library of Congress and Children's Book Council. Among his many books are "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" and "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!" He is also the creator of the Guys Read website, designed to appeal to boys, who typically read less than girls and at a lower proficiency level. His new book (with illustrator Steven Weinberg) is "AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet."
-  Renée Watson is the New York Times best-selling author of "Piecing Me Together," "This Side of Home," "What Momma Left Me" and "Betty Before X" (co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz). Watson also has two acclaimed picture books: "A Place Where Hurricanes Happen" and "Harlem's Little Blackbird," which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She is the founder of the I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts. Her new book (with Ellen Hagan) is "Watch Us Rise," which has won both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Award.
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54 minutes, 10 seconds
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