Guess what today is! The first day of Children’s Book Week. Sponsored by Every Child a Reader, the goal is a week-long celebration of children’s books. Why? Because books and literacy change lives. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.
Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, and more. The event in my area is in a library. A library. I’m lucky because there are well several dozen libraries in three separate library systems in my area – St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles. Check out this map to find an event in an area near you. Don’t see an event in your area? Pffft. Make your own.
Step 1. Visit your local library and check out some children’s books. Go with tried and true favorites as well as new titles.
Step 2. Read. You can read on your own or you can read aloud to young readers and prereaders. Imagine the joy of turning someone else on to a great book.
Step 3. Now have some book-based fun. This could mean doing a craft inspired by the book, writing a poem based on the book, or acting it out. Discussions, songs, plays and more. There’s no end to what you can do. And then?
Step 4. Read some more.
Obviously, I’ve kind of got a thing for children’s books. So this week I’ll spend some time writing about my favorites and how they’ve inspired and informed my work as a writer. I’ll also be tweeting about children’s books this week. You can check out my tweets here. And if you tweet or blog about children’s books this week, be sure to comment with your link below so that we can fall in love with new or new-to-us children’s books. Let’s celebrate.