May 1-7, 2017

Events by State A-L

Children's Book Week -- May 1-7, 2017

A Nationwide Celebration of Books and Reading Since 1919

From May 2-8, 2016, official Children's Book Week events will be hosted in all 50 states! Attendees receive complimentary Children’s Book Week posters and tote bags (while supplies last).

View images of some of the fabulous literacy celebrations held during Children's Book Week 2015 on the CBC's Facebook page.

2016 Events A -> distinguishes all designated Official Event Locations of CBW!

Click here for events in states M-Z!


->Gadsden Public Library
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May 3, 3:30pm: Story Time "Sick Simon" by Dan Krall

May 5, 10am: Story Time "The Princess and the Pony" by Kate Beaton

May 7, 2pm: Curious About Read-Aloud Story Time Workshop Featuring Curious George!
Learn how to turn at home story time into a learning experience! All participants will recieve a Curious George poster, certificate, and sticker.


->Juneau Public Libraries
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May 7, 11am-5pm: Celebrate Children’s Book Week by stopping by Juneau Public Libraries’ booth at the Juneau Maritime Festival in Marine Park. Check out maritime themed books, take a high sea adventure aboard the M/V Chilkitty, enjoy an ocean themed Story Time, build the perfect LEGO ship, and participate in a Scavenger Hunt that will take you far and wide. Free Children’s Book Week posters and bags for all who participate while supplies last. Register for the Scavenger Hunt between 11a-noon and complete the hunt by 4pm. There will be five winners drawn who will receive a free copy of “Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Chamblis Bertman and a $25 American Express gift certificate thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

May 7, 4-6pm: Downtown Library
Jamie Ford (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet) Visit the Empty Chair Exhibit all day inside the library and learn about the forced removal and resettlement of Juneau’s Japanese Community, 1941-1951.

->Parnassus Books
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May 6, 5-8pm: Children's Book Week Celebration Party with snacks and storytelling!

Come in during the week and receive a free tote bag with a purchase of a children's book, while supplies last! Enter to win a basket of children's books.


->Changing Hands Bookstore
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May 2, 5:30pm: Brain Time Express with Tom Leveen
Learn about the ABC's of early brain development and how the brain "wires up" in the first few years.

May 3, 7pm: How to Write a Children's Book Panel Discussion
Panelists: Rick Cobban (Sales Rep for Hachette), Michelle Parker-Rock (editor for Southwest Human Development), Lynne Avril (illustrator), James Owen (author, illustrator, self-pub & traditional pub)
Moderator: Brandi Stewart (Children's Book Buyer for Changing Hands)

May 4, 7pm: Amy Tintera (Ruined) and Aprilynne Pike (Earthrise)

May 5, 10am: Preschool Storytime

May 7, 2pm: Club Read
The Club Read book club discusses The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

May 8, 10am: Costume Storytime with Elephant & Piggie with guest storyteller and local author Tom Leveen

->Changing Hands Bookstore
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May 3, 7pm: Jason Reynolds with As Brave As You

May 5, 10:15am: Preschool Storytime

May 5, 7pm: Andy Griffiths (The 52-Story Treehouse)

May 7, 10am: Costume Storytime with Elephant and Piggy
Celebrate Elephant and Piggy's new book, The Thank You Book!

May 7, 2pm: Club Read
The Club Read book club discusses The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

May 9, 7pm: Julie Buxbaum (Tell Me Three Things), Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King), Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), and Kara Thomas (The Darkest Corners)


->Bentonville Public Library
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April 23, 9:30am: Bentonville’s Second Annual Youth Literature Festival
Youth Lit Fest features authors and illustrators of popular youth titles, book sales and signings. Hosted at the Library, all events are free and open to the public. Click here to see the Event Guide!

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May 7: Free Comic Book Day, Bentonville Public Library's 4th Annual Event


->Books Inc.
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May 3, 6pm: Sarah Mlynowski (Whatever After)
Click here for details!

->Books Inc.
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->Books Inc.
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May 2, 6pm: Lin Oliver (Fantastic Frames)
Click here for details!

Corte Madera
->Book Passage
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Laurel Village
->Books Inc.
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May 2, 6pm: Little Elliot and Georgie's Big Children's Book Week Party with Mike Curato and Ruth Chan (Little Elliot, Big Family) (Where’s the Party)
Click here for details!

Los Gatos
->Village House of Books
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May 4, 3:30pm: Hip Hippo Hooray! It's Sandy Boynday! / Celebrating Author Sarah Boynton
Come celebrate the books of Sarah Boynton (Tickle Time) with us! Enjoy fun activities such as arts and crafts, Boynton bingo, and much more! RSVP required.

May 5, 3:30pm: Storytime with Elephant and Piggie
Come to our story time with a duo of great Elephant and Piggie stories. We’ll be reading The Thank You Book and We Are In A Book. Afterwards, join us in making Elephant and Piggie puppets and masks, so you can tell your own Elephant and Piggie stories. RSVP required.

May 6, 1pm: Duck and Goose Beach Party
Celebrate the return of warm weather by going to the beach with Duck & Goose (it’s a lot faster than driving to Santa Cruz!); we’ll be reading Duck & Goose, Duck & Goose Beach Party, and Duck & Goose Dance Party. You can make your own Duck & Goose masks, build a sand castle, go bowling for beach bottles and shake your tail feathers. RSVP required.

May 7, 11am: Curious George the 75th Anniversary! We’ll be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Curious George with a big Village House of Books party all about curiosity. Get your picture with George, meet some favorite children's book authors and illustrators like Jennifer Castro (Mom * Me) and Tiffany Papageorge (My Yellow Balloon), and go on a Book Scavenger Hunt! RSVP required. Click here for more details.

Los Angeles
->Children's Book World
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May 4: Stuart Gibbs Author Talk & Book Signing
School event, public invited - please call for details

Stuart Gibbs is the bestselling author of Belly Up, Spy School, and many more kid-favorite books. In Spaced Out, the second mind-boggling mystery of the Edgar-nominated Moon Base Alpha series, the moon base commander has gone missing and Dash Gibson is on the case. Ages 8-12.

May 5: Dan Santat Author Talk and Book Signing
School event, public invited - please call for details

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat takes readers on the road trip of a lifetime in Are We There Yet? Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride--and after reading this astonishingly inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you'll never look at being bored the same way again. Ages 4-8.

May 7, 10:30am: Isabel Brazon Spanish Music Fun
Please join us for a fun, educational morning with Isabel Brazon, the creator of Baila Baila Spanish Music for kids. Come sing and dance while you learn some Spanish in this very interactive and dynamic 30 minutes show. Ages 3-7.

May 7, 2:30pm: Jennifer L. Holm Author Talk and Book Signing
Meet Jennifer L. Holm, author of Sunny Side Up and other wildly popular graphic novels, and award-winning middle grade novels, including The Fourteenth Goldfish. Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm on the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series, which has more than 2.3 million books in print, and the bestselling Squish series. She is the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny From Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. Ages 7-12.

Mountain View
->Books Inc.
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May 7, 3pm: Bad Kitty Costume Party Storytime
Click here for details!

Opera Plaza
->Books Inc.
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May 5, 7pm: NYMBC Presents Julie Buxbaum (Tell Me Three Things), Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King), Laura McNeal (The Incident on the Bridge), and Kara Thomas (The Darkest Corners)
Click here for details!

Palo Alto
->Books Inc.
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San Diego
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
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May 3: Amy Tintera (Ruined)

San Fransisco
->Books Inc.
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->San Fransisco Public Library
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May 7, 12pm: Gene Yang in conversation with Raina Telgemeier at the Koret Auditorium, SFPL main branch! This is a CBW Keynote event!

Santa Monica
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May 1, 12pm: CBW Kick-off event at the Yallwest YA book festival. Panel: ZOMG! Authors as Fans.


Boulder Book Store
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May 4th: Chris Howard (Night Speed)

->Tattered Cover Bookstore
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Aspen Grove location
May 3rd: Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts)

Colfax Avenue location
May 5th: Chris Howard (Night Speed)


->Darien Library
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May 2: Book Character Portrait Art Workshop
Who is your favorite book character? Come and make a 3D portrait and have it put on display in the Children's Library.

May 3: Homeschooler and beyond Summer Reading book previews
Do you live in Darien and homeschool your child, or enroll them in a school outside of Darien? The Darien Public Library invites you and your children to a special presentation of our Summer Reading Program and our special book lists of Suggested Summer Reads.

May 5: Children's Book Ball
Celebrate Children's Book Week dressed as your favorite book character. There will be dancing, refreshments, games and a photobooth.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
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May 3, 11:30am & 3:30pm: Hat Day & StoryTime, reading Hooray for Hat! By Brian Won! Newspaper Hat activity to follow.

May 4, 10am to 4:30pm: Make Your Mark! Make your own bookmark using a variety of recycled materials.

May 6, 11:30am & 3:30pm: – Space Day, reading Outer Space Bedtime Race by Rob Sanders. Wind Rocket activity to follow.

May 7, 1pm: Color Day, reading A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. Chameleon Sun Catcher activity to follow.

May 8, 1p,: Mother’s Day, reading If Kisses Were Colors by Janet Lawler. Flower Bookmark activity to follow

->The Ferguson Library
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(Events to be held in the Main Library, DiMattia Building)
May 7, 11am: Meet Lyle the Crocodile
Meet Lyle of the famous Lyle the Crocodile series! Other activities include face painting in the library. All ages.
May 7, 2pm: Tommy Greenwald (Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading)
Hear children’s book author Tommy Greenwald talk about his popular Charlie Joe Jackson series, as well as his newest series Crimebiters. For ages 7 and up. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Co-sponsored by the Children’s Book Council.


->The Comic Book Shop
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April 29 - May 6: Kids and Teens Graphic Novel Swap!
During this extended week-long event, kids & teens age 7-17 can bring in books they no longer want and take home something “new”! We’ll start the swap with some of our favorites we want to share. At the end of the week, we’ll donate all remaining books to communities in need! Click here for more details.

May 7-8: Free Comic Book Day Weekend
Choose from this year's special selection of FREE COMICS! Graphic Novels will be on SALE for 25% off! Come in costume for extra free stuff! Click here for more details.

May 7: FCBDW - Guest Creators Signings
We're hosting a variety of writers, artists, cartoonists, and illustrators! Watch them as they draw, ink, and color their works right in front of you! Ask them about making comics! Request a sketch of your favorite character!

Guests: Claire Connelly and Paige Connelly (thINK Illustration), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert and Fred), Eric Grissom (Planet Gigantic), and Bob Petrecca (Superman/Batman Annual)

District of Columbia

->Politics and Prose
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May 3, 10:30am: Mac Barnett and Matt Myers (Rules of the House) Ages 5-7.

May 6, 7pm: Dave Barry (The Worst Night Ever)
Event held at Takoma Park Library. Ages 10-13.

May 7, 7pm: Molly Idle (Flora and the Peacocks)
Event held at Takoma Park Library. Ages 4-6.

->Library of Congress Young Readers Center
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Bal Harbour
->Books & Books
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Coral Gables
->Books & Books
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May 7, 10am: Stop by and meet Curious George!

May 7, 12pm: Lisa McCourt (Good Night Stinky, Face)

Miami Beach
->Books & Books
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->Inkwood Books
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Winter Park
->Writer's Block Bookstore
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May 2, 10:30am: Tale Two Tell
Storytellers bring books to life through live performance. Event held at Winter Park Library.

May 3, all day: Pete the Cat
Walk in activities and refreshments. Event held at Writer's Block Bookstore.

May 4, 3:30pm: Michele Gerber (Pieces and Parts)
Event held at Winter Park Library.

May 5, 1:30pm: Storytime with Curious George
Event held at Winter Park Library.

May 6, 3pm: 1 Book 1 South
Q&A with Kate DiCamillo (Raymie Nightingale) via Facebook. Event held at Writer's Block Bookstore.

May 6, 6pm: Pancake Dinner and N. Jane Quackenbush (The Afternoon Moon)
Event held at Winter Park Library.

May 7, 10am: Park Ave. Book Scavenger Hunt
Event held at Writer's Block Bookstore.


->Avid Bookshop
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May 7, 10:30am: Children's Book Week Story Time: IF YOU ARE A KAKA, YOU EAT DOO DOO with Illustrator Sara Lynn Cramb
Avid Bookshop presents author Sara Lynn Cramb in celebration of the book she illustrated, If You Are a Kaka, You Eat Doo Doo, on Saturday, May 7, 2016. This event is at the usual Saturday story time of 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is no admission charge. Click here for more info.

->Little Shop of Stories
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April 30, 3pm: Story Time and Meet and Greet with Elephant and Piggie (Children's Book Week Kickoff Event)

May 1, 3pm: Dori Kleber (More-igami)

May 4, 7pm: Mike Lowery (Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs!)

May 5, 7pm: John Bemelmans Marciano and Sophie Blackall (The Witches of Benevento series)

May 6, 7pm: Terra Elan McVoy (This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker)

May 8, 5pm: Fierce Reads YA Panel with Cecilia Ahern (Flawed), Anna Banks (Of Neptune), Harriet Reuter Hapgood (The Square Root of Summer), and Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Kiss)


->Kona Stories
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->BookPeople of Moscow
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May 4, 11am: Storytime with Moscow Recycling's Sandye Crooks
May 7, 10am: Come downtown for the first Farmer's Market of the season and meet Bad Kitty in front of our store!


Burr Ridge
Barbara's Bookstore
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May 7, 2pm: Participate in the Book Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by Macmillan Children's Publishing!

Lake Forest
Lake Forest Book Store
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May 2: Celebrate Children's Book Week! We'll be handing out tote bags with the purchase of a children's book (while supplies last). Our front window will have a Curious George-theme during the week.

May 4, 3:30pm: Meet Curious George! Meet the famously curious monkey, and enjoy some milk and cookies after school!

May 7, 10:30am: Morning Storytime with Curious George!

Anderson's Bookshop
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Oak Park
->Magic Tree Bookstore
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May 2, 6:30: Jim Gill Concert
Join us for this FREE concert to celebrate Children's Book Week. CD and Book signing after the music.

May 4, 5:45pm: The Story Sisters Present After School Storytime
For kids ages 5 and up.

May 5, 6pm: Pajama Storytime
Come in your jammies, and bring your pillow! Llama Llama will be here along with Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) author Josh Schneider. Enjoy bedtime stories and cookies.

May 6, 4pm: Teacher Party Inspired by Todd Parr's Teachers Rock!, the Magic Tree Bookstore is joining forces with local businesses to celebrate the wonderful teachers and educators in our community.

->The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
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->Kids Ink Children's Bookstore
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May 2-8: Sit in the front window to play with the train and read one of the many train books.

May 2-8: Bookstore Scavenger hunt in the store! Follow the rhyming clues to win a prize.

May 5-8: It's May Days! Make a May basket for someone special. You can fill it with flowers or Hershey kisses. We'll be available to help and share special spring stories.

May 7: Celebrate Children's Book Week and Kids Ink's 30th Birthday!! Make a birthday hat to wear. Enjoy treats, balloons, and special discounts.


->Dragonfly Books
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Des Moines
->Beaverdale Books
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May 2-8: "Forever Books for Kids" Book Drive
This organization purchases children's books for incarcerated mothers to read on tape for kids at home. We will give 20% off purchases for the book drive and a tote bag (if any remain!).

May 5, 11am: Weekly Storytime

May 30, 11am: Elephant and Piggy Storytime
From 11am-12pm, we will have E&P stories, snacks, activities, games and photo ops with E&P. Guests will get a tote bag and 20% off E&P books.


->Nortonville Public Library

Silver Lake
->Silver Lake Library
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May 3, 10am: Topeka Zoo Visits the Library

May 5, 5:30pm: Community Book Scavenger Hunt with special guest Nate the Great!
Sign-up starts April 11th-May 2nd. All participants must be at the Library on May 5th by 5:30 to start the hunt.

->Watermark Books
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May 3, 10:30am: Story time with Sue

May 3, 6pm: Quiet Power: The Secret Strength of Introverts young readers edition launch with illustrator Grant Snider! (Click here for details!)

May 7, 10:30am: Special Children's Boook Week Saturday Story time, with a visit from Elephant and Piggie!

May 7th, 11:30am: Join Watermark and other independently owned area stores for a scavenger hunt. It's a one-day race to solve three puzzles at three different stores in the area, and the first five to return will win a $25 gift card from Watermark and a signed copy of Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. You can't win if you don't play! Event for ages eight and up.


Crestview Hills
->Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Fort Thomas
->Blue Marble Books
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April 30, 11am-1pm: CBW kick-off event on Independent Bookstore Day! We're hosting a poetry reading/slam. Come celebrate #‎NationalPoetryMonth. Students are invited to read their own poetry!

May 5, 10:30am: Storytime with Ladybug (registration required)

May 6, 4pm: Storytime with Ladybug (registration required)

May 7, 10:30am: Storytime with Ladybug (registration required)

->Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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->Carmichael Kids' Bookstore
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May 2-8, during open hours: Children's Book Week Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunt to be held at both Highlands and Clifton/Creston Hill locations. Click here for more details about store hours and locations.


->Ouachita Parish Public Library
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May 3rd, 5pm: Celebrating Children's Book Week
Join us as we read selected titles from the collection of Kevin Henkes along with crafts.

May 4th, 4pm: What’s Your Favorite Animal? By Eric Carle
Eric Carle and friends share their favorite animal friends with you. Make an animal journal of your favorite animal to share.

May 5th, 4pm: It’s a Groovy Good Day with Pete the Cat at the Library.
Join us for groovy good fun! Refreshments served.

May 5th, 5:30pm: Family Fun Night
The Hug Machine by Scott Campbell. Gimme a Hug. Have you hugged your family today? Tonight is the night to collect as many hugs as you can. See you there!

May 6th, 4pm: On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott & Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day with these stories of a mother’s love. Mother’s Day Craft to follow stories.

New Orleans
->Octavia Books
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May 7, 9am: Book Scavenger hunt! Join the hunt, inspired by Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman . Three locations around town are involved: Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St; Blue Frog Chocolates, 5707 Magazine St; Magic Box Toys, 5508 Magazine. There will be five first prizes and one grand prize. Participants must be between ages 8-12.

May 7, 9:15am: Activities and storytime with Curious George!!

Click here for events in states M-Z!