This year the National Book Festival will be a virtual event held on September 25-27, 2020 at LOC.Gov/bookfest and a special PBS broadcast on September 26 at 6 pm ET.  States will feature videos of their Great Read selections in the festival’s virtual Roadmap to Reading exhibits. Selected state Great Reads videos will also be featured On KidLit.TV at

The New Jersey Center for the Book has selected Robobaby (Clarion, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2020) by David Wiesner to represent New Jersey at the 2020 National Book Festival. The book is the state’s selection for the Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading” map. Each state chooses one book about the state or by an author from that state that is a good read for children or young adults. The map is listed in “Great Reads About Great Places” on the website of the Library of Congress  and New Jersey Center for the Book.

In Wiesner’s Robobaby, a family awaits the arrival of a new baby – only this is a family of robots – and baby Flange must be assembled from many parts. The adult robots are completely out of their depth and unwilling to admit it. It’s up to tech savvy big sister Cathode “Cath,” to come to their rescue. This chaotic story, reminiscent of a Marx Brothers movie, is laugh out loud funny. Gorgeously illustrated by Wiesner, a three-time Caldecott winner, it joyously celebrates girl ingenuity and maker culture in a fantastically fun way.

To listen to Davis Wiesner discussing his book, Robobaby, click here


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