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Washington journalists to celebrate children’s books for 826DC

The Museum of Unnatural History Gift Shop at 826DC headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo Ron Charles/Washington Post) The Museum of Unnatural History Gift Shop at 826DC headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo Ron Charles/Washington Post)

This Thursday night, March 27, be a Little Prince and come on down to where the Wild Things Are. You can even bring a Purple Crayon.

826DC — the nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students learn to write — is holding a fundraiser to support its programs for D.C. youth.

Washingtonian book editor Bethanne Patrick will host a panel discussion with Washington journalists talking about their favorite children’s books. Among the speakers will be Dana Bash from CNN, Glenn Thrush from Politico, Julie Mason from Sirius XM, Garance Franke-Ruta from YAHOO News, and Helena Andrews and I from The Washington Post.

“Thursday’s event will celebrate the connections between wordsmiths and the books that they love from childhood,” Patrick says. “We’ll be hearing about a German classic, a whimsical and beloved American storybook, and even a D.C.-focused tale or two.”

826DC, the local branch of the national organization started by Dave Eggers in San Francisco, sits at that sweet intersection between hip and virtuous.

Patrick says, “We’re encouraging people to put their money where their mind is — or should be: on developing the relationship between young people and the written word.”

Executive Director Joe Callahan adds, “826DC is at an amazing point in its organizational history. We have grown significantly, and we are projected to serve more than 3,250 students this year. In the next two years, we hope to grow to serve more than 5,000 per year.”

We’ll all be at Bobby Van’s Grill, rain or shine. Even if it’s a Snowy Day.

Join us — be The Giver. With your help, this will not be a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

When & where: March 27 at 6:00 pm. Bobby Van’s Grill is at 1201 New York Ave. NW, Washington.

You can buy tickets here. General admission is $82.60, but young people can get in for $50 and 826 volunteers for $30.

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest, but finally switched to journalism when he realized that if he graded one more paper, he'd go crazy.



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