Children’s Book Week

This year is the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week.  100 Years of encouraging every child to read.  The celebration is going on all year-long but the actual week is next week, April 29 – May 5, 2019.

This is from Every Child A Reader’s web site:

“Children’s Book Week originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.”

In 1944, the week came to be sponsored by the Children’s Book Council. Starting in 2008, responsiblity was shifted over to the group’s charitable arm, Every Child a Reader.

Click through on the link above for the official poster by Yuyi Morales.  It is gorgeous and highlights this year’s slogan READ NOW * READ FOREVER.

You can also use the link above to find a wide variety of book related activities including an awesome comics kit.  It is oh so tempting.

As an author, what can you do?  Here are some suggestions.

Suggestion 1.  Visit your local library and check out some children’s books.  Go with tried and true favorites as well as new titles.

Suggestion 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.

Suggestion 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?

Suggestion 4.  Read some more.

Obviously, I’ve kind of got a thing for children’s books but what good is it if we don’t share that love and develop new readers? Let’s celebrate!



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