Celebrate Children's Book Week!

posted May 2, 2016, 7:24 AM by Sandra Gassner
May 2-8, 2016 is the 97th anniversary of Children's Book Week. Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes...wherever young readers and books connect! Children's Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children's Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children's book publishers, is an anchor sponsor.

Children's Book Week is a truly national celebration, with events taking place from coast to coast. In 2015, for the second time in the initiative's history, Official Events were held in all 50 states! Each year, the Children's Book Council enlists beloved children's literature illustrators to design the commemorative Children's Book Week Poster and Bookmark. Download the 2016 Book Week bookmark by Cece Bell and order your 2016 Poster by Brian Won!

Launched by the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader in 2008, the Children's Choice Book Awards Program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to develop a reading list that will motivate children to read more and cultivate a life-long love of reading. Winners are announced during Children's Book Week. Voting at ccbookawards.com took place from Tuesday, March 8 through Monday, April 25.

Local bookstores and libraries often celebrate their love of books with special events for children. At the Freehold Barnes & Noble store on May 7th at 11am there will be a storytime and activity in honor of Mother's Day. You might plan a visit to your local library . During Children's Book Week, as always, continue to read with your child every day!