When it comes to kids, books, and reading success, it’s not hard to connect the dots. While it’s great for kids to get cozy on the couch with a good read – or to enjoy a great bed time story while their parents flip the pages – there are a host of other ways to harness the power of books.
May 2 – 8 marks the 97nd annual (wow!) Children’s Book Week. Children’s Book Week is the national celebration of books and reading for youth, and there’s a myriad of literacy-related activities in and around the country. From library story times to author appearances and live theater, the following list should inspire you and your child to embark on some reading adventures together!
Here are a few ideas to celebrate Children’s Book Week…some from the comfort of home!
Print a bookmark. The Children’s Book Week website, www.bookweekonline.com features a fun, printable bookmark! This year’s bookmark was crafted by author-illustrator and 2015 Children’s Choice Debut Author finalist Cece Bell. The site also has great tips on keeping kids and teens interested in reading, along with book lists, links to puzzles, and story starters. Plus there’s featured website partner www.flamingnet.com, where teens can share their own share book reviews. Get your Children’s Book Week Poster, illustrated by 2015 Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year Award-finalist Brian Won for his debut picture book Hooray for Hat!…FREE! Find out how here: http://www.bookweekonline.com/poster
Pick a winner. Check out the 2016 Children’s Choice Book Awards. The Children’s Choice Book Awards, the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, are the only national book awards chosen by children and teens! Go to www.bookweekonline.com for more info.
Here’s another tip: Try following the Children’s Book Council (@CBCBook) on Twitter for all the latest info on celebrating Children’s Book Week. Looking for an author event to attend? Don’t forget to check your local library or bookstore; many will be hosting readings and signings throughout the month.
For more on Children’s Book Week go to http://www.bookweekonline.com/
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