Children's Book Week -- May 12-18, 2014
Check out a sampling of ways that friends of Children’s Book Week are celebrating around the globe and here at home! What are you doing to celebrate? Send us information about your group’s plans, including pictures, logos, and links!
View images of some of the fabulous literacy celebrations held during Children's Book Week 2013 on the CBC's Facebook page.
Better World Books
May 13-20: Children's Book Week Sale. Buy 4 used books from the special Children's Book Week section for $10
Children’s Book Week Giveaway Blog Hop
May 13–19: Join KidLitFrenzy, Mymcbooks & I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for a children’s-book-giveaway blog hop during Children’s Book Week. Over 125 family-friendly blogs have already signed up to participate this year, and more are welcome! Details here.
Raven Tree Press
Raven Tree Press is holding a Children's Book Week sale! Hardcover books, normally priced at $14.95, are now only $6.95 when you use the code CBW13. No other discounts apply. Details can be found here.
San Francisco Book Review
The San Francisco Book Review is reprising their popular Kids Book Review for Children's Book Week 2013. Book reviews written by over 70 children ages 3-18 will appear in a special CBW section in their May magazine and are being posted on their website throughout the month.
Carlsbad City Library
May 7, 3:30pm: Battle of the Books: Carlsbad City Library staff members will read the K – 2 Book of the Year finalists and children can vote for their favorites! Other finalists will also be on display. The “Battle of the Books” will take place at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011. Sign-ups are required and can be done by calling 760-602-2047.
San Francisco Public Library
May 13, 10:15am: 90-Second Newberry Film Festival, Koret Auditorium, Main Library. The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the story of a Newbery award-winning book in 90 seconds or less. Now in its third year, these homemade movies are ingenious, hilarious, impressive, and surprising!
May 14, 6pm: 90-Second Newberry Film Festival hosted by festival founder, author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and three-time Newbery honoree Jenni Holm (Turtle in Paradise), Koret Auditorium, Main Library. The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which kid filmmakers create movies that tell the story of a Newbery award-winning book in 90 seconds or less. Now in its third year, these homemade movies are ingenious, hilarious, impressive, and surprising!
May 18, 11am-2pm: Celebrate Children's Book Week at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery! Fort Collins Read Aloud volunteers will read fun children's books aloud to museum visitors about some of the coolest things you'll find on-site! Perhaps you'll start at the Beaver Station where you'll hear a book about beavers, play a beaver game, get your reader passport stamped, and then find another read-aloud station. Attend all the book-reading stations to fill up your reader passport card at the museum! This event is free with museum admission and is sponsored by Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, in partnership with Fort Collins Read Aloud.
Alachua County Library District
Date TBA: Join the library for their 3rd annual Children’s Open Mic! Kids will read from their favorite books and celebrate with a book-shaped cake!
LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System - Main Library
May 13, 6:30 p.m.: Meet Local Authors! Panelists include Jan G. Annino, Evelyn Coleman, Laura Lascarso, Wayne Torbert with Adrian Fogelin as moderator. 200 West Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301, 850-606-2665. Book signing after panel discussion.
Bookcase of Wayzata
May 19, 2:00 p.m.: Story Time & Activities
Join Stephanie Wallingford share A Day at the Lake and Greg Bancroft share Betsy's Day at the Game. Stories will be read and games will be played.
Central Mississippi Regional Library System
Throughout April: children and teens may cast their votes in the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards at the library. Each ballot will be entered into a prize drawing to be held at the monthly family night on Thursday, May 16th, hosted by THE STORYTELLER, Jan Patrick.
April 2: the Children's Choice Book Awards nominees in the K-2 category will be read aloud during Kid Connection, the library's weekly craft/storytime for school-age children
April 9: the Children's Choice Book Awards nominees in the 3-4 category will be read aloud during Kid Connection
Teens will host book discussions about the Teen Choice Book Awards nominees during the biweekly Young Adult Craft Nights in April. These will be held on April 11 and 25 at 6 P.M.
May 13 – 17, 2013 (Children’s Book Week): The theme is WE LOVE BOOKS! Monday, 5/13- Baby & Me 10:15 A.M. (Songs, story, and play -- birth to 2 years); Tuesday 5/14- Kid Connection 5:30 P.M.(story and crafts); Wednesday 5/15 Preschool Story Time 10:30 A.M. (songs, story, and craft), Thursday 5/16 Preschool Story Time 10:30 A.M. (songs, story, and craft); Family Night 6 P.M. (Special Guest: Jan Patrick, The Storyteller; refreshments, drawing, reveal of CCBA and TCBA winners).
Amagansett Library celebrates Children's Book Week with authors and reviewers. Open to all ages.
May 11, 6-7:00 PM: AUTHOR PANEL: CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER
Authors will describe how curiosity drives their research and how their research inspires their creativity. Each will talk for 10-15 minutes about their process. Join us and be inspired!
- MELVIN AND GILDA BERGER, Nonfiction: The Bergers, known for their Scholastic Question-and-Answer series, are experts at posing curious questions and presenting the fascinating findings
- KATE AND JIM MCMULLAN, Distilling Facts For The Very Youngest: This couple does extensive research then presents it in deceptively simple, informative picture books for tots such as I Stink! and I'm Bad!
- ERICA FARBER, Fiction / Nonfiction Mix: In Fish Finelli, a series of chapter book mysteries, Ms. Farber includes sidebars containing trivia and other factual details sure to entertain
- MAUREEN SHERRY, Incorporating The Facts: The author's debut novel, Walls Within Walls, a middle-grade treasure hunt, is enriched with historical details and clues
May 18, 6-7:00 PM: CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEWER PANEL
We'll start by answering the question Neil Gaiman posed in his recent Horn Book essay entitled: “What …is a Children’s Book Anyway?” Other questions include: What is the purpose of a review? What qualities make a book rise to the top? When we talk about “literary,” what do we mean?
- KAYLEE DAVIS, Former Bookseller, Children’s Publishing Consultant, Author: Barnes & Noble Guide To Children’s Books, and Contributor: 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
- TODD JACKSON, Former Educator, Bank Street Children’s Book Award Committee Member
- RENEE MCGRATH, Librarian, Reviewer: School Library Journal, Former Newbery Committee Member
- JEANNE MCDERMOTT, Librarian, Reviewer: Booklist, Kirkus and ReadKiddoRead.com, ALA/ALSC Notable Children’s Book Committee
Arts At Old First
May 19, 3pm: Upper Hall - Story time with author Sara Varon and illustrator Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck), author Stephanie Graegin and illustrator Emily Jenkins (Water In the Park), and author/illustrator Brett Helquist (Grumpy Goat). Illustrators will be doing drawings in addition to the readings. Book signing to follow.
May 19, 3pm: Lower Hall - Music program featuring music from favorite children’s movies including Harry Potter, Star Wars, and West Side Story. Performed by local Brooklyn-based brass quintet, led by Mary Ziegler Roberts, and made up of 5 local educators and freelance musicians. Children (of all ages) are encouraged to come in costume as their favorite character from a book or movie. Cookies served after the program.
Five local elementary schools have partnered with Greenlight to host authors presenting books to their students – one on each day of the week – and the week will culminate with a multi-author book party at Greenlight on May 18. The schools participating in Greenlight’s program of events include both local Fort Greene schools and those in other Brooklyn neighborhoods; some host author events regularly, while others rarely have authors visit their students. Greenlight worked with school administrators to pair authors with the age groups and interests of their students, and hopes the Children’s Book Week events will serve as a model for bringing more authors to area schools in future.
School visits schedule (private events, not open to the public):
May 13: Fiona Robinson (What Animals Really Like) and Jacqueline Woodson (Each Kindness)
May 14: Dan Yaccarino (Doug Unplugged)
May 15: Michael Buckley (The Sisters Grimm, NERDS) and Ambre Anderson (Qualities)
May 16: Tad Hills (Duck & Goose, Rocket Writes a Story)
May 17: Gilbert Ford (12 Days of New York)
Southeast Steuben County Library
May 13, 3:30 p.m.: author C.F. Lawrenson will present his newest book, "In Search of the Great Wild Kawkins." Kids can do a craft after the book reading.
May 15: to celebrate 50 years of Peggy Parish’s Amelia Bedelia, the library will offer cake, crafts and stories.
New York City
READ Alliance 5th Annual Spring Benefit
May 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Since 2000, Read Alliance has championed individual literacy and shrunk the achievement gap by providing more than 11,000 at-risk students with the reading skills necessary for academic and personal success. At the same time, Read Alliance has supported community service opportunities and meaningful employment for over 9,000 inner city teens.
During this special evening, you will have the opportunity to meet many of our teen tutors, learn more about our programs, and help us continue to give children the gift of reading. Learn more and purchase tickets.
West Pittson Public Library
May 11, 1 to 3 p.m.: Children’s Book Week Carnival with games and prizes and special events including a sack race at 1:30 p.m., bingo at 2 p.m., and an egg relay at 2:30 p.m. Come anytime and play at your own pace. Registration: 654-9847.
The Neighborhood Playhouse
May 3-12: As a kick-off to Children's Book Week, the Neighborhood Playhouse presents Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, based on the book by Kevin Henkes.
The Playhouse has partnered with local indie Village Books to host free nightly raffles of the book for kids in attendance, and to sell copies in the lobby. Village Books will also gift a copy of Lilly's to each classroom attending their sponsored school show for Title 1 schools.
Library of Congress
May 17, 11am: Fred Bowen (Perfect Game) will tell stories, read from his books and talk with members of the audience in a program presented by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress that marks the Library’s celebration of Children’s Book Week. Event will take place in the Montpelier Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. No tickets are required. However, please e-mail Lola Pyne at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of attendees if you plan to attend. Details here.
South Milwaukee Public Library
May 15, 6 pm-7:30 pm: “Dig into Reading” with local authors Sheila Griffin Llanas and Janet Halfmann. Llanas, the author of 30 educational books for children, will present “One Author’s Journey around the World” through the books she has written. Her books include a series of kids’ cookbooks with recipes from around the world, and a series of illustrator biographies. Halfmann, the award-winning author of 35 children’s books, will present interactive story times for her two newest books, Home in the Cave and Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be? The free event also will include student art, activities, prizes, refreshments, and book selling and signing. The program is a collaboration between the library, South Milwaukee Public Schools, and the Wisconsin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).