May 2-8, 2016
Teachers & Librarians
Children's Book Week -- May 2-8, 2016
Children's Book Week is a time to celebrate books and reading in classrooms, libraries -- anywhere kids and books connect! Explore our celebration ideas below, and send us information about your group’s plans, including pictures and links!
Visit our Digital Toolkit for free resources to use in your library or classroom!
Each year, bookstores, libraries, and comic book shops from coast to coast are selected as official event venues. Discover our 2016 participants here!
The sign up window has closed for 2016 official events. We are still happy to list your event details on our website. Please email those to Shaina Birkhead. Interested in becoming an official Children’s Book Week event venue in 2017? Let Shaina know that as well! Check out the requirements and perks!
The Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards
One hallmark of Children's Book Week is the announcement of the winners of the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by young readers of all ages. Voting will be open from Tuesday, March 8 through Monday, April 25 at ccbookawards.com.
How to participate:
Get your students involved in this awards program!
- Display finalists in class.
- Encourage kids to read and vote for their favorites online. Young readers can make their voices heard with just the click of a button!
- Host a polling day or create a ballot box, then tally and enter kids' votes into the group ballot here.
Multimedia resources for all of the 2016 finalists are available at TeachingBooks.net:
- Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year
- Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year
- Fifth to Sixth Grade Book of the Year
- Teen Book of the Year
- Children's Choice Debut Author
- Teen Choice Debut Author
- Children's Choice Illustrator
Winners will be announced during Children's Book Week.
Ideas for Celebrating Children's Book Week
In 2012, Suzanne Selfors and Village Books partnered to do school visits during CBW!
Each year, schools and libraries from coast to coast celebrate books and reading during Children's Book Week. Check out the Events page for a sampling of these, and send us your plans, including pictures and links!
- Host a Children's Book Week Party!
- Check out more of our book celebration ideas on Pinterest!
- Organize a visit from a local author or illustrator. Contact the publisher of his or her most recent work to find out if a visit can be arranged.
- Stage a Read-In.
- Hold a poster contest in your classroom, or organize a school-wide door decorating contest.
- Hold a contest asking students to submit 75-word reviews of their favorite books. Post the reviews in the library, on the class website, or in the school paper.
- Show and Read: Ask students to select an illustrated book from the library to read in class during Children's Book Week.
Posters and Bookmarks and Games, Oh My!
- The official Children's Book Week poster by Brian Won is now available here.
- Print out your free, official Children's Book Week bookmark!
- Create your own books and stories in the classroom. Use our Story Starters or begin from scratch in a blank book.
- Work on some Children's Book Week puzzles. Have students create some crossword puzzles and word searches of their own.
Share the Joy Of Reading
- Hold a book exchange day.
- Donate books to a local family shelter or children's hospital, or take a trip so students can read to patients in a hospital or residents in a nursing home.
- Raise money to help a library, school, or day care center in your area to buy books.
- See our Book Drive one-sheet for more great ways to partner with literacy organizations during Book Week.
Promote your event
Once you decide which type of event to host, be sure to promote it!