Official Events

Children's Book Week -- May 12-18, 2014

A Nationwide Celebration of Books and Reading Since 1919

From May 12-18, 2014, official Children's Book Week events will be hosted in all 50 states for the first time in the initiative's history! Each event will feature multiple authors and illustrators and all are open to the public. Attendees received 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 2013 on the CBC's Facebook page.

Official Events 2014



Event venues are listed in alphabetical order by state.

Nationwide

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May 17: Indies First Storytime Day for Children's Book Week: Children's book authors and illustrators will be appearing at local indie bookstores nationwide to read stories aloud to patrons!

Alabama

Fairhope
Page and Palette
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Alaska

Ketchikan
Parnassus Books
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Arizona

Tempe
Changing Hands Bookstore
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May 10, 10 AM: Join us for a storytime focusing on stories about kids with food allergies!
May 10, 5 PM: Jenny Han (To All the Boys I've Lovd Before) and Morgan Matson (Second Chance Summer)
May 11, 1 PM: Sign language class for teens and adults
May 12, 6 PM: Jason Fry (LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary, Updated and Expanded)
May 14, 7 PM: First Loves tour with Jillian Cantor (Searching for Sky), Lindsey Leavitt (Chapel Wars), and Emery Lord (Open Road Summer)
May 15, 10:15 AM: YA author Tom Leveen visits to host a special puppet storytime. This is one storytime you won't want to miss!
May 15, 3 PM: Scott Craven (Dead Jed)
May 17, 10 AM: Indies First Storytime Day
May 17, 3 PM: Turning Pages, our teen book club, meets to discuss a collection of books from the YA authors on the Blink Tour.
May 17, 4 PM: Blink Tour with YA authors Lorie Ann Grover (Firstborn), Jill Williamson (Outcasts), Jonathan Freisen (Aquifier), and Lisa T. Bergen (Remnants)



Arkansas

Blytheville
That Bookstore in Blytheville
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California

Corte Madera
Book Passage
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Date TBD: Timmy Failure "Total Takeover" book party, featuring a life-sized Total the Polar Bear (of the inflatable variety!)



La Jolla
Warwick's
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Long Beach
Apostrophe Books
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Los Angeles
Children's Book World
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San Diego
The Yellow Book Road
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San Francisco
Books, Inc.
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Colorado

Denver
Tattered Cover Book Store
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Date TBD: Timmy Failure "Total Takeover" book party, featuring a life-sized Total the Polar Bear (of the inflatable variety!)



Connecticut

Darien
Darien Library
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May 13: Family Book Discussion for the book Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari.
May 15: Bookworms storytime and book-themed craft project!
May 17: Storytime Saturday for families, featuring our favorite books, rhymes, and songs.



Delaware

Bethany Beach
Bethany Beach Books
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Florida

Coral Gables
Books & Books
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Tampa
Inkwood Books
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Georgia

Athens
Avid Bookshop
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Atlanta (Decatur)
Little Shop of Stories
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May 10, 4 PM: Kick-off Book Week with a visit from Anna Dewdney (Llama Llama and The Bully Goat)!
May 11, 4 PM: Kick-off Book Week with a visit from Tony Diterlizzi (The Battle for Wondla)!
May 15, 7 PM: Fierce Reads Panel with YA authors Marie Rutkoski, Lindsay Smith, Katie Finn, and Anna Banks.
May 16, 4:30 PM: Summer Reading Kick Off Party with games, trivia and book giveaways!
May 17, 11 AM: Indies First Storytime Day



Hawaii

Kailua-Kona
Kona Stories
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May 17, 10:30 AM: Storytime with Mike Austin (Junkyard) and Jing Jing Tsong (A Bucket of Blessings)

Idaho

Moscow
Bookpeople of Moscow
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Illinois

Oak Park
Magic Tree Bookstore
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Winnetka
The Bookstall at Chestnut Court
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Indiana

Zionville
4 Kids Books
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Iowa

Iowa City
Prairie Lights
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Kansas

Wichita
Watermark Books
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Kentucky

Fort Thomas
Blue Marble Books
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Louisiana

Monroe
Ouachita Parish Public Library
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New Orleans
Octavia Books
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Maine

South Portland
Books-A-Million
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Maryland

Baltimore
The Children's Bookstore
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May 15, 3:30 PM: Trevor Pryce (An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel)
May 16 & 17: Bookmark making craft sessions with Emma!



Gaithersburg
Gaithersburg Book Festival
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May 17, 10 AM-6 PM: Award-winning children’s and teen authors will speak about their recent books and interact with audiences in the Jim Henson and Willa Cather Pavilions throughout the day. Each presentation will be followed by a book signing. In the GBF Children’s Village, you will also find a literary sea of activities, workshops and performances brought to us by multiple sponsors. They are designed to engage and stimulate your child’s book curiosity and interest in reading and writing.
All-day activities
Free Children's Workshops



Massachusetts

Boston (Wellesley)
Wellesley Books
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Falmouth
Eight Cousins Bookstore
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Date TBD: Timmy Failure "Total Takeover" book party, featuring a life-sized Total the Polar Bear (of the inflatable variety!)



Michigan

Ann Arbor
Nicola's Books
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Lansing
Schuler's Books and Music
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Minnesota

Minneapolis
Wild Rumpus
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Date TBD: Timmy Failure "Total Takeover" book party, featuring a life-sized Total the Polar Bear (of the inflatable variety!)



St. Paul
Addendum Books
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Mississippi

Jackson
Lemuria Books
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May 15, 4 PM: Special story time featuring everyone's favorite literally-minded maid, Amelia Bedelia!



Oxford
Square Books
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Missouri

St. Louis
St. Louis County Library
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Montana

Missoula
Fact & Fiction
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Nebraska

Omaha
The Bookworm
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Nevada

Reno
Sundance Books and Music
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New Hampshire

Exeter
Water Street Books
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North Conway
White Birch Books
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New Jersey

Clinton
The Clinton Book Shop
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May 10: Book Week kick-off party with Steve Light (Have You Seen my Dragon).
May 16, 6:30 PM: Pajama Book Party with Richard T. Morris (This Is A Moose).
May 17: Indies First Storytime Day (with craft activity)



Maplewood
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New Mexico

Albuquerque
Alamosa Books
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New York

Brooklyn
Greenlight Bookstore
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May 16, 7:30 PM: Panel discussion featuring Sophie Blackall, Doreen Cronin, Chris Raschka, and Dan Yaccarino; moderated by children’s librarian Allie Jane Bruce.
May 17: Staff story time featuring readings from autographed copies of authors’ books, plus prizes and giveaways.



Larchmont
The Voracious Reader
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New York City
Eloise at the Plaza
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Madison Square Park Spring Kids Fest
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May 17, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Join us at MSP for free fun indeed! Everything is free for your little ones from snacks, live shows, arts and crafts, games, face painting, storytelling and so much more!



NYPL Jefferson Market Location
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May 13, 4 PM: BIG Bad Kitty Birthday Party with author/illustrator Nick Bruel, the Bad Kitty costume, and children’s giveaways

The Scholastic Store
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North Carolina

Asheville
Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
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Raleigh
Quail Ridge Books & Music
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Waynesville
Blue Ridge Books
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North Dakota

Minot
Main St. Books
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Ohio

Delaware
Fundamentals
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Oklahoma

Edmond
Best of Books
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Oklahoma City
Full Circle Bookstore
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Ponca City
Brace Books & More
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Oregon

Beaverton
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
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May 14, 7 PM: Bryn Fleming (Cassie and Jasper to the Rescue) & Maureen McQuerry (Time Out of Time: Beyond the Door)



Pennsylvania

Harleysville
Harleysville Books
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Haverford
Children's Book World
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Date TBD: Timmy Failure "Total Takeover" book party, featuring a life-sized Total the Polar Bear (of the inflatable variety!)



Lansdowne
Lansdowne Public Library
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May 12, 10 AM: Preschool Playschool storytime!
May 13, All Day: Library I Spy! Can you find all of the things on the list? Complete the hunt to win special prizes!
May 13, 10:30 AM: Bibs-n-Books storytime!
May 13, 6 PM: Pajama Storytime!
May 14, 6 PM: Come dressed as your favorite book character for our Storybook Ball!
May 15, 10:30 AM: Special Guest storytime with Zachariah O'Hora (Stop Snoring Bernard) May 16, 11:30 AM: Baby Builders storytime!
May 16, 4 PM: Afternoon Movie Matinee: Viewers choice! Audiences will vote all for to select the movie screened!



Rhode Island

Barrington
Barrington Books
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May 12, 3 PM: Children's Book Week After School Kick-Off Party featuring readings, signings, drawing demos, cupcakes provided by Sweet Addiction in Barrington, and a grand prize goodie bag giveaway! Guests Authors include Adam Lehraupt, Melissa Guion, Jen Corace, Zoe B. Alley, R.W. Alley, Mary Jane Begin, Jamie Michalak, and Christopher and Anika Denise!
May 14, 6 PM: Hosted at the Barrington Public Library, join us for Voice. Heart. Connection. A Panel Discussion with Five Extraordinary Authors of YA Fiction, with Katie Davis, Tara Sullivan, Annie Cardi, Bianca Turetsky, and Katie Cotungo with moderator Alyisha Foley.
May 15, 10 AM: Story Hour with Special Guest Reader, Author Kara LaReau (Otto, The Boy Who Loved Cars).



Providence
Books on the Square
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May 12, 10:30 AM: Special storytime for babies, featuring Chris Byrnes!
May 13, 10:30 AM: Storytime with Chris Byrnes, for kids of all ages.
May 13, 4 PM: Bill Harley (Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome)
May 14, 10:30 AM: All-ages storytime and sing-along with Andrea.
May 17, 10:30 AM: Storytime with Chris Byrnes, for kids of all ages.
May 17, 4 PM: Padma Venkatraman (A Time to Dance)



South Carolina

Charleston
Blue Bicycle Books
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Greenville
Fiction Addiction
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May 16, 4 PM: Book signing with Melinda Long (How I Became a Pirate)



South Dakota

Rapid City
Books-A-Million
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Tennessee

Memphis
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
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Nashville
Parnassus Books
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Texas

Austin
BookPeople
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May 17: Indies First Storytime Day



Houston
Blue Willow Bookshop
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Utah

Provo
Provo Library
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May 16-17: The library is hosting their annual Children’s Book Festival! This year's featured author is Kevin Henkes.



Salt Lake City
King's English Bookshop
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May 13, 7 PM: What is Hidden launch party with author Lauren Skidmore
May 15, 7 PM: Ann Dee Ellis (The End or Something Like It)
May 17, 7 PM: Carol Lynch Williams (The Haven)



Vermont

Essex Jct.
Phoenix Books
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May 17, 2 PM: Timmy Failure "Total Takeover" book party, featuring a life-sized Total the Polar Bear (of the inflatable variety!)



Shelburne
The Flying Pig Bookstore
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May 13, time TBD: Join Jon J Muth (Zen Ties, Zen Ghosts, illustrator of City Dog, Country Frog) for a reading and signing!



Virginia

Alexandria
Hooray For Books
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Arlington
One More Page Books
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Washington

Bellingham
Village Books
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Seattle
Secret Garden Books
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Washington, DC

Library of Congress
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Politics & Prose
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May 14, 10:30 AM: Kwame Alexander (Crossover)
May 15, 10:30 AM: Chris Van Dusen (President Taft is Stuck in the Bath!)
May 17, 7 PM: Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer)



West Virginia

Barboursville
Books-A-Million
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Wisconsin

Milwaukee
Boswell Book Company
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Wyoming

Jackson
Valley Bookstore
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