As you can imagine, we were thrilled that this week is Children’s Book Week! This is a special week that celebrates reading and children’s literature in schools, libraries and bookstores everywhere. This celebration began in 1919 by Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America. With the help of Frederic G. Melcher, the editor of Publishers Weekly, and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children’s Works at the New York Public Library- Children’s Book Week became an annual celebration. Nearly a century later, exciting literary events all over the country, including one right here in our Windy City, are being planned!
Storyteller Barbara Clark will perform three events in Chicago to celebrate Book Week and the 40th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. This event is free and open to the public.
Dates & Locations:
5/12 Bezazian Branch Library, 10:30 a.m.
5/12 John Pershing West Middle School Auditorium, 6 p.m.
5/13 Woodson Regional Library, 10:30 a.m.
If you cannot attend an event in your area, stage your own event! Visit the Children’s Book Week page for teachers and librarians for ideas on bringing the celebration to your school or library. Perhaps you can select a book for your child or your students from one of the Children’s Book Council’s annual list of the 100 most popular books selected by children across the country.
For full details, visit the following sites to learn ways you can help children and teens celebrate the wonder and magic of reading everywhere.
Children’s Book Council
Childrens Book Week Site
Filed under: Education News on May 11th, 2009