The classic Dahlov Ipcar children's book Hardscrabble Harvest has been selected to represent Maine at the 2010 National Book Festival on Saturday, September 25, in Washington, D.C. The book, which tells a tale about the ongoing struggle between a farm family and the mischievous animals that plunder their fields, was selected for the honor by the Harriet P. Henry Center for the Book at the Maine Humanities Council.

The 10th annual National Book Festival, held on the National Mall, is sponsored by the Library of Congress. Each year, the Maine Humanities Council, which will have a booth at the festival's Pavilion of the States, chooses one representative Maine book for the event to promote reading and to assist others in learning about the state.

Hardscrabble Harvest is among five formerly out-of-print Ipcar books reissued by Maine-based Islandport Press in the last two years. The others are The Calico Jungle, The Cat at Night, My Wonderful Christmas Tree and The Little Fisherman, which was written by Margaret Wise Brown. A sixth book, One Horse Farm, is slated for release in the spring of 2011.

Ipcar, 92, has written and illustrated more than 30 children's books. She recently was named the recipient of the 2010 President's Award for lifelong achievement from the New England Independent Booksellers Association.