National Press Club

Need holiday gifts for the munchkins in your life? Give them a great read from NPC Book Fair, Nov. 19

October 24, 2013 | By Nicole Hoffman | nhoffman@press.org

A terrific selections of children's books will be for sale at the National Press Club's 36th annual Book Fair & Authors' Night on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

They will be among close to 100 nationally known writers autographing and selling their books at the festive event scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for The National Press Club’s Journalism Institute, a 501(c0(3) that offers training, research and resources for news professionals, and scholarships for the next generation of journalists.

Book fair admission is $5 for NPC members and $10 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

A full list of participants is listed on the Club’s website.

Here is a preview of the children's books:

Andrea Beaty “Rosie Revere, Engineer” $16.95

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal-- to fly – Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fl y but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

Laura Malone Elliott “Thanksgiving Day Thanks” $17.99

Laura Malone Elliott and Lynn Munsinger have created another holiday story about the lovable characters from “A String of Hearts.” This work tells the story of Sam trying to figure out what he's thankful for. Sam also works on a special project to share at the Thanksgiving feast—his own version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Parents and teachers will find inspiration for other Thanksgiving crafts and projects and a section at the back includes fun Thanksgiving facts.

Isabel Hill “Urban Animals of Washington DC” $17.99

A city for sightseeing monuments and museums, Washington D.C. is also a treasure trove of fascinating architecture for close encounters of the animal kind. From the Capitol Building to the National Cathedral to the National Zoo and everywhere in between there is an amazing menagerie of animals. Hidden in plain sight on buildings in the nation s capital, they are waiting to be discovered. A buffalo, bald eagle, turtle, owl, and snake are a few of the amazing creatures that young readers can discover on this photographic safari.

Laura Krauss Melmed “Doodle Washington D.C.: Create, Imaging. Draw Your Way Through the U.S. Capital” $12.95

This interactive doodle book encourages young artists to create, imagine, and sketch their way through the capital of the United States. With a style that is distinctly DC, the doodles highlight the historic landmarks and cultural icons of the District of Columbia, from sketching the windows of the White House and drawing a dinosaur at the Museum of Natural History to guessing the shadow of a figure from America’s past. Doodlers can keep the fun going by accessing extra doodles that are available for free online by using the information contained on the pages inside the book.

Chris Raschka “Daisy Gets Lost” $17.99

Daisy is back. In this latest volume, Raschka has created a story that explores fear. Any child who has ever felt lost will relate to Daisy's despair upon finding herself in an unfamiliar part of the park after chasing a squirrel. In a nearly wordless picture book, Daisy encounters the unease of being lost and the joys of being found. Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers, teachers, parents and Daisy fans.

Jon Skovron “Man Made Boy” $17.99

Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile. Boy’s only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak.

Mike Twohy “Outfoxed” $15.99

One dark night in the henhouse, a hungry fox in search of his dinner gets more than he bargains for. Instead of a chicken, Fox grabs a duck. A very smart duck. A duck so sly, he plans to convince Fox that he isn’t a duck but a—dog! Yes, a dog. This clever story and its accompanying visual narrative will delight readers young and old—because if it looks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck, it HAS to be a duck…right?

David Wiesner “Mr. Wuffles!” $17.99

A cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn't care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens—but the ship wasn't designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble.

When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, “cave” paintings, and gestures of friendship.