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Children’s Book Week is May 10 – 16 - 2010

Posted May 07 2010 12:00am




Children's Book Week






When?

Children’s Book Week is May 10 – 16, 2010.


Who?


The Children’s Book Council



What?

According to the council, it’s "A celebration of the written word, Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Through Children's Book Week, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books."


Children’s Book Week began in 1919. Frederick Melcher, a founder of Children’s Book Week, said, “A great nation is a reading nation.” The Children’s Choice Book Awards are a large part of the celebration week. The week is observed in homes, bookstores, libraries, and schools. Other national observances point out the vital importance of reading.


The official site further describes the week as, "A celebration of the written word, Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Through Children's Book Week, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books."


You can learn more about Children’s Book Week, including information about receiving the official poster and bookmark – each year created by prominent children’s illustrators by visiting www.bookweekonline.com  The web site includes bookmarks to download and activities for kids. There are additional ideas and resources for teachers, librarians, publishers and booksellers.


And as I like to point out to children, “Remember, readers are the leaders others follow."  Max Elliot Anderson
Lost Island Smugglers, August 2010



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