We have a lot of special days and weeks in the United States observing everything from solemn occasions-Memorial Day, to prideful-Fourth of July, to the just-for-fun-Speak Like a Pirate Day. One of the best, IMHO, is Children’s Book Week. And truly, I don’t say that just because I make my living working for children!
One of my earliest and fondest memories is sitting cuddled up in my jammies next to my mom in the evening, eagerly awaiting yet another reading of The Teeny, Tiny Woman or Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel or Ferdinand the Bull. I learned to love reading well before I could read. And to me, that is the point of Children’s Book Week (CBW)-to foster a love of reading.
Started in 1919, and now observed for a week every May, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the United States. The Children’s Book Week website (www.bookweekonline.com) states that, “Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.”
What can you do this week to celebrate the joy of reading with the child/children in your life? It could be as simple as reading their favorite book, or you might also visit the CBW website to download this year’s poster and bookmark, illustrated by award winning author/illustrators Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) and Grace Lin (Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same!). What else could you do? Leave a comment on our Facebook page so others can get some great ideas!
Keep in mind our reference staff doesn’t need it to be Children’s Book week to help you locate materials that will please your child and help you foster a love of reading. Just let us know what you are looking for via a visit to the Help Desk, a phone call on 773-3242 x11, or online Chat, Twitter or Facebook-see www.crdl.org for links.