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The Little Red Lighthouse to Represent New York at National Book Festival

Submitted by Rocco Staino, Empire State Center for the Book Director

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of publication of The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge (Houghton Mifflin, 1942), The Empire State Center for the Book has selected it to represent New York State at the 2017 National Book Festival. The book is the state’s selection for the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading” map. Each state selects 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 in “Great Reads About Great Places” on the websites of both the National and Empire State Centers for the Book.

This children’s classic is the story of a small lighthouse on the Hudson River in the shadow of New York City's George Washington Bridge.  The story by Hildegarde Swift, with illustrations by Lynn Ward, was based on an actual lighthouse that stands beneath the bridge. It still stands on Jeffrey’s Hook in Fort Washington Park in northern Manhattan.  

The selection will be formally recognized at the New York State Writers Hall of Fame Induction on June 5, where among others Ron Chernow, William Kennedy, Lillian Ross and Suzan-Lori Parks will be inducted during a gala dinner held at the Princeton Club in New York City.

The National Book Festival will be held in Washington DC, on Saturday, September 2, 2017.  It will feature award-winning authors, poets, and illustrators at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Festivalgoers 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.