Children’s Book Week May 1-7
Children’s Book Week which began in 1919 s the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This year 700 libraries, schools, and bookstores in all 50 states are participating. Events to celebrate Children’s Book Week include story times, author readings, activity hours, and book award voting. Elmo, the beloved Sesame Street character, has recorded a video for kids this year about the joy of reading and voting.
Locations and details for events being held during Children’s Book Week, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, are listed on an online map found at EveryChildaReader.net/map.
At the same time, voting for the 10th annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards chosen solely by young readers, will end on May 7, the final day of Children’s Book Week. Kids and teens across the nation have been voting online at EveryChildaReader.net/vote, and the winners will be announced live on May 31 in New York City at BookExpo, the national book trade show. Teachers can also submit group ballots for an entire class online.
This year’s slogan, “One World, Many Stories,” is highlighted by a poster designed by the acclaimed artist Christian Robinson. Downloadable resources include original bookmarks, event kits, activity sheets, “I Voted” stickers, and much more. Also new this year: a free Sesame Street picture book and a Children’s Book Week Comic.
Source: Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens.
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.