My co-workers and I had a great time this past weekend at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.! Wells Fargo sponsored the History and Biography tent, and we had a large area in the Let’s Read America tent. Both days were packed with activities—building stagecoach banks, live readings, having pictures taken inside a replica stagecoach, artifact talks, giveaways…
The big hit: the stagecoach! No surprise there. It’s definitely an attention-getter wherever it goes!
The live readings and book giveaways were very popular as well. We had a packed house for most of them, full of curious, little faces. I read two books in both Spanish and English. After reading El Gato Splat and Splat the Cat, I was very happy to see a dad, with his cute toddler on his shoulders, choose the Spanish version. “He can learn some Spanish!” he told me.
It was a very large festival, but after getting many, many questions about them, I think I can safely say that our Snowflake plush ponies were the most coveted item at the festival! Saturday was especially busy, and hot, but at the end of the day our tired Historical team perked up after a gentleman came to thank us, to say that we were very professional and knowledgeable, and that he appreciated our work. It was a great end to the day!
It was a wonderful weekend of sharing stories about the stagecoach, about a girl stage driver, about a cat who was afraid of the first day of school, and about a girl who wanted to be president. But above all, the weekend was about the power of books to bring people together.