Harriet the Spy to Represent New York State at National Book Festival

In celebration of the 55th anniversary of the publication of Harriet the Spy, The Empire State Center for the Book has selected Harriet the Spy to represent New York State at the 2019 National Book Festival.

Harriet the Spy was first introduced to children in 1964. The book is the state’s selection for the Festival’s Discover Great Places Through Reading list. Each state chooses one book about the state or by an author from the state that is a good read for children or young adults. The map is distributed at the Festival and listed here Great Reads About Great Places.

The National Book Festival will be held in Washington DC, on Saturday, August 31, 2019. It will feature award-winning authors, poets, and illustrators. Festival goers can meet their favorite authors, get books signed, have photos taken with mascots and storybook characters, and participate in a variety of learning activities. States will be promoting reading, library programs, and literary events.

The Empire State Center for the Book is committed to the book in all formats. Interests of the Center include the promotion of the culture of reading, literature, literacy, book arts, and book history throughout New York State. For additional information contact Rocco Staino, rocco.staino@gmail.com or call 914-475-3857.

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