Today was the National Book Festival on the Mall here in Washington, DC. My son and I traveled down to the event on the Metro (his first train/subway ride) and came out onto the National Mall to some cloudy skies and a few sprinkles. My plan was to have my copy of Team of Rivals, the latest book by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I have heard her speak before and have enjoyed all of her books. My son cooperated by falling asleep in his stroller, allowing me to get on the book signing line for Ms. Goodwin. He woke up shortly before we got to her, so she got to meet him as well, while she signed my book.
From there, we went over to the Children's tent, which was sponsored by PBS Kids. My son got to meet Miss Lori, the new host of the PBS children's morning lineup. After that, we were treated to a visit from Snook the sloth, who is on one his favorite shows, It's a Big, Big World. From there, we wandered over to the Pavilion of the States, where we collected stamps and stickers from every state in the Union.
The event was very well attended, despite the uncertain weather. Many authors were there talking about their latest works, which were all on sale in the book sales tents. I bought a new book for my son, called Dooby Dooby Moo, written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Ms. Cronin also wrote Duck for President, which is one of my (and my son's) favorite books.
It is certainly an event worth going too. Be on the lookout for it in 2007!