Children’s Book Week 2013

Don’t miss out on the 94th Children’s Book Week in the U.S., running from May 13 – 19. Organized by Every Child a Reader, Children’s Book Week began in in the United States in 1919 and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes or wherever children and books connect.

I just found out in the newsletter from Eerdman’s Books for Young Readers that their celebration of Children’s Book Week includes some pretty exciting things. The website features free coloring pages (like the one below) and their blog is running a contest for free books. (I don’t know which I’m more excited about, the coloring or the books!)

Eerdman’s consistently has some of the most enriching books I’ve seen: beautiful words and beautiful art. They put it best in their own words… “…Offering board books, picture books, middle readers, novels, nonfiction, and religious titles for children and young adults, we at EBYR seek to engage young minds with books . . .
. . . books that are honest, wise, and hopeful . . .
. . . books that delight with their story, characters, and good humor . . .
. . . books that inform, inspire, educate, and entertain.”

This isn’t the only Children’s Book Week. Last week from May 4 to May 11, Canada held its 36th Children’s Book Week, which annually includes writing contests, art contests and other activities. I have just learned about the Canadian children’s Book Centre, which appears to be a great resource.  Children’s Book Week in the U.K. is held in the first full week of October each year and has been running for 80 years.

It’s great to have organizations come together to support children and each other. I hope you’ll find some great information that will inspire children to discover and read some marvelous books, old and new.


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