I’m going to a parade in Washington, D.C. … the Parade of States.

The National Book Festival “2019 PARADE OF STATES” list is out … and look who’s headed to Washington D.C. this Labor Day. Well, there’s plenty of New York Times bestsellers, a Newberry Honor Award winner, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Rick Riordan presents and well … ME.

Source: The Library of Congress National Book Festival Blog >

The Parade of the States at the Library of Congress National Book Festival is not a parade like the Thanksgiving Day Parade or your local St. Patrick’s Day Parade or even the parades held during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

But it is a parade, nonetheless.

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The National Book Festival is on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Visit loc.gov/bookfest for full details.

Here’s this year’s 2019 Great Reads About Great Places:

  • Alabama • Ernestine’s Milky Way by Kerry Madden-Lunsford
  • Alaska • Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich by Annie Boochever; in collaboration with Roy Peratrovich Jr.
  • Arizona • The Night Flower: The Blooming of the Saguaro Cactus by Lara Hawthorne
  • Arkansas • Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon by Carla Killough McClafferty
  • California • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
  • Colorado • Mela and the Elephant by Dow Phumiruk
  • Connecticut • Whale Quest: Working Together to Save Endangered Species by Karen Romano Young
  • Delaware • Lost Soul, Be at Peace by Maggie Thrash
  • District of Columbia • A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein
  • Florida • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  • Georgia • Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons
  • Hawaii • Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  • Idaho • Beauty and the Beak by Deborah Lee Rose and Jane Veltkamp
  • Illinois • Otis and Will Discover the Deep by Barb Rosenstock
  • Indiana • ATTUCKS!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team that Awakened a City by Phillip Hoose
  • Iowa • Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus
  • Kansas • No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas by Tonya Bolden
  • Kentucky • Rock and Roll Woods by Sherry Howard
  • Louisiana • The Craziest Fishing Tale on the Bayou by Gary Alipio (THAT’S ME : )
  • Maine • Little Bird’s Flock by The Telling Room’s Publishing Workshop
  • Maryland • Riverbound by Melinda Beatty
  • Massachusetts • Windows by Julia Denos
  • Michigan • Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story by Lindsey McDivitt
  • Minnesota • The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
  • Mississippi • The Rambling by Jimmy Cajoleas
  • Missouri • What Is Given From the Heart by Patricia McKissack
  • Montana • Montana for Kids by Allen Morris Jones
  • Nebraska • Simpson’s Sheep Just Want to Sleep! by Bruce Arant
  • Nevada • The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons
  • New Hampshire • The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
  • New Jersey • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
  • New Mexico • The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
  • New York • Harriett the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • North Carolina • Grenade by Alan Gratz
  • North Dakota • The Legend of Greg: An Epic Series of Failures by Chris Rylander
  • Ohio • Miss Mary Reporting by Sue Macy
  • Oklahoma • Friends Stick Together by Hannah E. Harrison
  • Oregon • Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  • Pennsylvania • A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
  • Puerto Rico • Mi isla bella, mi isla hermosa by Isset M. Pastrana-Andino
  • Rhode Island • Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
  • South Carolina • How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons
  • South Dakota • Muskrat and Skunk / Sinkpe na Maka: A Lakota Drum Story
  • by Donald F. Montileaux (Lakota translation by Agnes Gay)
  • Tennessee • This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce
  • Texas • What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton
  • U.S. Territories • I Am the Virgin Islands by Tiphanie Yanique
  • Utah • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • Vermont • Bob by Tracey Campbell Pearson
  • Virginia • Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
  • Washington • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
  • West Virginia • The Princess and the Pickup Truck by Bil Lepp
  • Wisconsin • The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser
  • Wyoming • Rusty and the River: A Rusty the Ranch Horse Tale by Mary Fichtner