Interview with Jon Scieszka: The True Story of The National Book Festival

Monday, September 22, 2008.

National Book Day with Ambassador Jon ScieszkaFor the last 8 years, the United States Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council have hosted an amazing celebration of literacy and children’s books. It’s called The National Book Festival.

This year’s Festival will be held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 27th 2008. Thousands are expected to join in the festivities and meet authors and illustrators. And many more will be celebrating across the globe, thanks to The Young Readers’ Toolkit.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, I’m joined by Jon Scieszka author of a long list of fabulously original books including Science Verse and Math Curse, and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature to talk about this year’s National Book Festival, his role in promoting literacy and balancing a child’s reading diet.

Books mentioned:

For more information about the National Book Festival, click here.

To join into the festivities from afar by accessing the Young Readers’ Toolkit, click here.

Special thanks to Jen Robinson of Jen Robinson’s Book Page for lending her expertise as we prepared for this interview.


Comment by Jules

September 22, 2008 @ 9:56 am

Woot! Jon! Can’t wait to hear this when I have some quiet.


Comment by Just One More Book!!

September 22, 2008 @ 10:09 am

Aw, just go ahead and listen to it, Jules. I bet it’s pretty noisy everywhere Jon goes!!

Comment by Terry

September 24, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

Another fabulous interview. I love listening to Mr. Ambassador … but I am in awe of Mark. How did you keep from laughing>

Comment by jenny sue kostecki-shaw

September 24, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

AWESOME interview. Love the brothers-mc-sceiszka pee story! Jon is so mr. perfect for ambassador-ing! thanks!

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