The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance
Presents Readers Theater at the 2013 National Book Festival
The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, recently presented a Children's "Literary Lights" Readers Theater presentation at the 2013 National Book Festival. Featured authors included two former National Ambassadors for Young People's Literature--Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka--as well as award-winning authors extraordinaire Susan Cooper and Grace Lin!
Also participating were literacy champions Carol Rasco, President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), and Lynda Johnson Robb, a founding board member and Chairman Emeritus of RIF. NCBLA President and Executive Director Mary Brigid Barrett introduced the presentation, which was created for adults and children of all ages.
Pictured above are: Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lynda Johnson Robb as Cowboy, Carol Rasco as Octopus, Susan Cooper, Grace Lin, and Mary Brigid Barrett. The Cowboy and Octopus costumes were designed and constructed by costume and set designer Elizabeth Barrett Groth. To see more of Elizabeth's work, visit ElizabethBarrettGroth.com.
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To watch the video of our performance, click here.
• Readers Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in script form, similar to a radio play. To learn more about Readers Theater, to print our Readers Theater Education Resource Guide, and to print exclusive scripts adapted from the work of Susan Cooper, Grace Lin, and Katherine Paterson,click here.
• Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out is the extraordinary anthology created by over 100 of America’s most gifted storytellers and artists as a project of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. An incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, poetry, and a stunning array of original art, Our White House offers a multifaceted look at America’s history through the prism of the White House. Our White House is available in both hardcover and paperback from Candlewick Press. To learn more and to check out exclusive articles, activities, and discussion questions, visit the companion educational website OurWhiteHouse.org.
• The Exquisite Corpse Adventure is a progressive story game played by 20 celebrated authors and illustrators as a collaboration between the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Read it now on Read.Gov. To learn more about this innovative national reading and writing outreach project and the corresponding education resource center, click here.
Welcome! to the website for the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance. We are a not-for-profit literacy organization created in 1997 by award-winning children's book authors and illustrators. The NCBLA’s main goal is to make issues related to young people's literacy, literature, and libraries an ongoing priority on our national agenda. We act as a freelance, nonpartisan advocate, creating and developing special projects and events that promote literacy, literature, libraries, and the arts; educating the public about practical literacy and education solutions; and ensuring young people's right to read.
We have created this site for you, so that you can help the young people you care about become lifelong readers, creative and critical thinkers, and responsible citizens, for we believe that literacy is intrinsic to a healthy democracy. Within our site you'll find a wide variety of information author interviews and book recommendations; information on censorship and young people's reading rights; literacy and literature resources; links to other literacy organizations and book lists as well as information for the press and media. We have suggestions for getting young people excited about books and reading. We offer ideas to help kids become better writers, better critical and creative thinkers. We will also be throwing out ideas that we hope will make us all think more about kids, literature, art, education, and our nation’s future. And because we want all of our young people to have free and fair access to information and story in both electronic and traditional formats, we offer a menu of advocacy ideas so that whatever your profession or personal situation, you too, can become a literacy and library activist.
Take your time, browse through the pages, enjoy. This site is meant to be read. If you have questions, concerns, or need specific information, let us know. We are also very interested in hearing your ideas, suggestions, and creative solutions.
We hope you enjoy our site. We regret only that you'll be missing the experience of a book, solid, warm, and satisfying in your hands a real book that you can read and digest at your own pace, in your own space, lovely to the touch, easily opened, and instantly accessed. Sadly, until technology catches up with books, you'll have to imagine the sibilant whisper of a turning page and the rich and non-glaring elegance of ink on paper. In the meantime, greetings from the NCBLA, and enjoy your visit.
© 2013 NCBLA
|"Writing an Exquisite Corpse Adventure episode is like playing a game of hot potato, tossing the spud from person to person, passing it down a line of friends.
Sure, everyone wants the potato to stay in the air. But it's also really fun if you can put some spin on it when you throw it so the next person has to really reach to grab it. The fumble and save is part of the thrill of the game."