Children’s Book Week


Children’s Book Week this year is from May 1–7.  Yep.  It starts on Monday.  It snuck up on me!

In celebration of this week, Every Child a Reader encourages authors and illustrators to participate in events in their area. If you are only now finding out about it, I don’t know how possible that will be but you can find a searchable database of registered events here.

What do you do if you aren’t invited to participate in an event? The purpose of Children’s Book Week is to emphasize the value of reading and get the word out about good books.

Promote the Children’s and Teen’s Choice Book Awards.  These are the only national book awards voted on only by kids and teens. They were launched in 2008 by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader.  Voting is open from March 3 to May 7, 2017.  Young readers selected the finalists which are listed here.  Books are listed in and voted on in four different age categories — K – 2, 3-4, 5-6 and Teen. Young readers can cast their votes by going here and selecting the appropriate award.

What can you do along these lines even if you aren’t part of an event?  Note: These are not the organizations suggestions.  They’re mine, so here you go.

Promote official events in your area on social media.  Check out the link above and see what events are being held in your area.  Promote them on Twitter.  Post them on Facebook.  Say something encouraging to or about the authors and illustrators who are involved.

If you can’t find a local event, you won’t have time to get the posters and other official gear but ask at your local library about helping promote literacy.  Maybe you could offer to do a reading at the local library.  Maybe you can help in a story time.

Imagine what a great world this would be if every child was a reader!



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