May 4-10, 2015

Official Events

Children's Book Week -- May 4-10, 2015

A Nationwide Celebration of Books and Reading Since 1919

From May 4-10, 2015, 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 2014 on the CBC's Facebook page.

Official Events 2015


Event details coming soon -- check out confirmed sites below!

Nationwide

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On May 2, comic book stores will kick off Children's Book Week by giving away over two million comics to younger readers on Free Comic Book Day! Learn more and find a participating store near you.

Alabama

Alaska

Juneau
Juneau Public Libraries
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Ketchikan
Parnassus Books
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Arizona

Pheonix
Changing Hands Bookstore
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May 7, 10am: Storytime
May 8, 7pm: Teen Poetry Night
May 9, 10am: Costume Storytime with Llama Llama
May 8 - 10: Phoenix Children's Hospital Emily Center Give Back Shopping Event

Tempe
Changing Hands Bookstore
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May 4, 7pm: Ultimate Star Wars with Adam Bray & Tricia Barr
May 5, 6pm: Storytime
May 7, 10:15am: Bilingual Storytime
May 8, 7pm: Teen Poetry Night
May 9, 1pm: Virtual Safari
May 8 - 10: Phoenix Children's Hospital Emily Center Give Back Shopping Event

Arkansas

Bentonville
Bentonville Public Library and Bentonville Community Center
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May 2, 9-4: Bentonville's Inaugural Youth Literature Festival

California

Alameda
Books Inc.
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May 9, 2pm: Mac Barnett and Jory John (The Terrible Two)

Burlingame
Books Inc.
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May 8, 7pm: NYMBC Presents:

Corte Madera
Book Passage
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May 9, 11am: Author Kate Schatz and Illustrator Miriam Klein Stahl (Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!)
May 9, 1:30pm: Richard Leiter (The Flying Hand of Marco B)
May 9, 3pm: Michael Buckley (Undertow)

La Jolla
Warwick's Books
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Long Beach
Apostrophe Books
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Los Angeles
Children's Book World
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May 4: Pam Muñoz Ryan (Echo). Contact Children’s Book World for details.
May 5, 7pm: Sarah Dessen (Saint Anything)
May 9: Andrew & Polly Mini-Concert featuring folksy, engaging music for children of all ages
May 9, 2:30pm: Jennifer Caloyeras (Strays)
May 9, 5:30pm: Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places). Please RSVP to this event by May 8: cbwreaderscouncil@gmail.com

Mountain View
Books Inc.
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May 5, 4pm: Dev Petty Story Time (I Don't Want to Be a Frog)
May 9, 2pm: Curious George Costume Party and Storytime!

Palo Alto
Books Inc.
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May 9, 2pm: Spring Story Time Party with Bob Barner (I Have A Garden, Sea Bones, Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!)

San Fransisco
Books Inc.
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May 5, 9:30am (Chestnut St. location): Storytime with Marta Lindsey (Little Gray's Great Migration)
May 6, 6pm (Laurel Village locations): Pajama Party Storytime with special guest Arree Chung (Ninja and How To Pee)
May 9, 4pm (Opera Plaza location): NYMBC Presents: YA Author Hoopla!

Colorado

Denver
Tattered Cover Bookstore
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Steamboat Springs
Bud Werner Memorial Library
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Connecticut

Darien
Darien Library
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May 9 11am: Storytime event with Mike Curato (Little Elliot, Big City)!

Delaware

Bethany Beach
Bethany Beach Books
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District of Columbia

Washington
Politics and Prose
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May 5, 7pm: Sabaa Tahir (An Ember in the Ashes)
May 6, 10:30am: Dave Barry (The Worst Class Trip Ever)
May 6, 7pm: Kiera Cass at Bethesda Library (The Heir)
May 6, 7:30pm: Dave Barry at Takoma Library (The Worst Class Trip Ever)
May 7, 10:30am: Juana Medina (Smick En Español)
May 8, 10:30am: Carole Boston Weatherford and Jamey Christoph (Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America)

Library of Congress Young Readers Center
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May 6, 10:30 - 11:30am: National Ambassadors Program at the Center for the Book. Current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Kate DiCamillo is joined by past ambassadors Jon Scieszka and Katherine Paterson to discuss their role and how it has affected their lives, and to honor the late Walter Dean Myers.

Florida

Bal Harbour
Books & Books
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Coral Gables
Books & Books
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Miami Beach
Books & Books
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Tampa
Inkwood Books
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Georgia

Athens
Avid Bookshop
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Decatur
Little Shop of Stories
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Hawaii

Kailua-Kona
Kona Stories
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Idaho

Moscow
BookPeople of Moscow
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Illinois

Galesburg
The Carl Sandburg Historical Site
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April 25, 10am: To open the final day of the 2015 Carl Sandburg Festival and as a kick-off event for Children's Book Week, the Carl Sandburg Historical Site will be dedicated as a Literary Landmark™.

Oak Park
Magic Tree Bookstore
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Winnetka
The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
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May 5, 4:30pm: Timmy Failure Total Takeover event!

Indiana

Indianapolis
Kids Ink Children's Bookstore
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Iowa

Iowa City
Prairie Lights
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Kansas

Wichita
Watermark Books
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Kentucky

Crestview Hills
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Fort Thomas
Blue Marble Books
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Lexington
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Louisiana

Monroe
Quachita Parish Public Library
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New Orleans
Octavia Books
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Maine

Farmington
Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers
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May 7, 5:30pm: Diary Writing Contest prize giveaway party! See contest details here!
May 9, 10am: Story Time with the Poky Little Puppy!
May 9, 10:30am: Elephant and Piggie hour with games and activities.
May 9, 12pm: Join Megan Frazer Blakemore (The Spy Catchers of Maple Hills) for a book siging, challenge tackling, prize giving experience!
May 9,1pm: The Great Disruption Comes To Farmington with special guest Sylvia Grove (The Glass Sentence).

Maryland

Baltimore
The Children's Bookstore
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Massachusetts

Boston
Wellesley Books
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May 8, 7pm: Keira Cass (The Heir)

Falmouth
Eight Cousins Bookstore
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May 9, 10am: Guess How Much I Love You storytime with a special visit from Nut Brown Hare!
May 9, 4pm: Lori Goldstein (Becoming Jinn)

Michigan

Ann Arbor
Nicola's Books
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May 5, 10am: Guess How Much I Love You storytime with a special visit from Nut Brown Hare and Melanie Zwegers (Into the Garden)!
May 9, 11am: Story Time with the Humane Society of Huron Valley w/adoptable dog

Lansing
Schuler Books and Music
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Minnesota

Minneapolis
Wild Rumpus
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St. Paul
Addendum Books
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Mississippi

Jackson
Lemuria Books
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Missouri

St. Louis
St. Louis County Library
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April 27, 4:30pm: Children’s Book Week Diorama Contest at the Prairie Commons Branch! Join us for a kick-off party! Bring your favorite children’s book to life in a 3D replica by creating a diorama for Children’s Book Week. Submissions are due by May 9 at Prairie Commons. Registration is required.

May 4-9, All Day: Children's Book Week Scavenger Hunt at the Prairie Commons Branch! Stop by the library, complete our scavenger hunt, and win a prize!
May 4-9, All Day: Celebrate Children’s Book Week at the Meramec Valley Branch! Come in and make a craft during the week or take the craft to go home with you.

May 4, 6:30pm: Kind Kids Story Time at Headquarters. Join us for a special story time that emphasizes the importance of being kind to all animals. We will even have a live dog present for practice.
May 8, 10am: Dragons Love Tacos party at Headquarters! Listen to the hilarious book by Adam Rubin, make a fun craft and party like a dragon! Registration required.
May 9, 11am: Mo Willems storytime at Thornhill Branch. Registration required.

Pete the Cat Visit: Join us for some Pete the Cat fun as everyone’s favorite cool cat visits the library. Bring your camera.
Wednesday, May 6, 10:00 a.m.--Daniel Boone Branch
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.--Cliff Cave Branch
Thursday, May 7, 3:00 p.m.--Prairie Commons Branch
Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m.--Headquarters

Montana

Missoula
Fact & Fiction
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Nebraska

Omaha
The Book Worm
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Nevada

Reno
Sundance Bookstore
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May 5, 10:30am: Story Time with Paula Robison
May 9, 11am: Story Time with Ellen Fockler

New Hampshire

Exeter
Water Street Books
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May 5, 10am: Guess How Much I Love You storytime with a special visit from Nut Brown Hare!

May 6, 4pm: Mike Curato (Little Elliot, Big City)

North Conway
White Birch Books
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May 5, 4pm: Mike Curato (Little Elliot, Big City)

New Jersey

Clinton
The Clinton Bookshop
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New Mexico

Albuquerque
Bookworks
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New York

Brooklyn
Greenlight Bookstore
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Larchmont
The Voracious Reader
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New York City
New York Public Library, George Bruce Branch
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May 4, 1pm: In honor of Walter Dean Myers, who grew up going to this branch of the NYPL, The George Bruce Library will be dedicated as a Literary Landmark™.

New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Branch
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May 5, 3:30pm: Bad Kitty Birthday Celebration with the author himself, Nick Bruel!
May 9, 3pm: Guess How Much I Love You storytime with a special visit from Nut Brown Hare!

Port Washington
The Dolphin Bookshop
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May 3, 10am: Independent Bookstore Day celebrations, featuring Gordon Korman!

North Carolina

Asheville
Malaprops Bookstore
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Raleigh
Quail Ridge Books & Music
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North Dakota

Minot
Main Street Books
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Ohio

Cincinnati
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Delaware
Fundamentals
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Hamilton
Hamilton Lane library
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May 9, 10am: McCloskey Walk! Meet at the Hamilton Lane Library and parade your way to the Robert McCloskey Museaum, touring McCloskey landmarks along the way.
May 9, 12pm: Join us back at the Hamilton Lane Library as it is dedicated as a Literary Landmark™ in honor of Robert McCloskey!

Oklahoma

Norman
Norman Public Library Central
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May 3, 1:30pm: In honor of Harold Keith (Rifles for Wattie), the Norman Public Library will have an interactive Living History Exhibit telling the story of Keith's life. Following the exhibit, the library will be dedicated as a Literary Landmark™.

Oklahoma City Full Circle Bookstore

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Oregon

Beaverton
Powell's Books
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Pennsylvania

Harleysville
Harleysville Books
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Haverford
Children's Book World
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Lansdowne
Lansdowne Public Library
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Meadsville
Tattered Corners New & Used Books
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May 6, 6:30pm: Nick Bruel (Bad Kitty), at Meadville Area High School

Rhode Island

Providence
Books on the Square
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May 9th, 11:30am: R.W. Alley (Paddington Bear books, Enzo Races in the Rain)
May 9, 1pm: Jay Primiano and Jon Rocco (Swim That Rock)
May 9, 3pm: Marcy Kate Connolly (Monstrous), Cindy Rodriguez (When Reason Breaks), and Sandra Waugh (Lark Rising)

Westerly
Westerly Library and Wilcox Park
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May 2, 10am: In honor of beloved children's book author Margaret Wise Brown, Westerly Library will be dedicated as a Literary Landmark™. Westerly Library houses a near complete collection of Wise Brown's published works as well as personal papers and manuscripts!

South Carolina

Greenville
Fiction Addiction
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May 9, 1pm: Samantha Bell (The Perfect Pet) and Scotti Cohn (Animal Partners)

Joe's Place
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May 8, 3:30pm: Tacky the Penguin Party with the Penguin himself!
May 9, 2pm: Dr. Joe Maurer (Goodnight Greenville)

South Dakota

Spearfish
Black Hills State University Bookstore
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Tennessee

Memphis
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
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May 5, 11am: Special Storytime featuring Bill Steers (Tractor Mac)

Nashville
Parnassus Books
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Texas

Houston
Blue Willow Bookshop
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May 5, 5pm: Timmy Failure Total Takeover event! (Held off-site at Family Point, at the Outreach Center of West Houston)

Utah

Provo
Provo Library
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Salt Lake City
The King's English Bookshop
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Vermont

Burlington
Phoenix Books
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May 9, 11am: Story Time with Harry Bliss (Grandma in Blue with Red Hat)

Essex Junction
Phoenix Books
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May 7, 6pm: Curious George "Inspire Curiosity" event!

Shelburne
The Flying Pig Bookstore
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Virginia

Alexandria
Hooray For Books!
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Arlington
One More Page Books
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Norfolk
Barnes & Noble
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Washington

Bellingham
Village Books
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West Virginia

Wisconsin

Fort Atkinson
The Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop
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May 9, 10am: Curious George will be here to take pictures and will join our story time at 10:20! Enter to win either a Treasury of Curious George or a $20 Gift Certificate to The Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop.

Milwaukee
Boswell Book Company
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May 7, 6:30pm: Middle-Grade author panel featuring Julie Mata (Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens), Sandy Brehl (Odin's Promise), and Emily Demuth (Hattie's War)!
May 8, 7pm: Silvia Acevedo (God Awful Loser)
May 9, 2pm: Picture Book author panel featuring Janet Halfmann (Animal Teachers), Kashmira Sheth (Sona and the Wedding Game), and Jamie Swenson (If You Were a Dog ).

Wyoming