From coast to coast, children's booksellers, authors, illustrators, and young readers are getting ready for the 97th annual Children’s Book Week (May 2-8), the longest running national literacy initiative in the United States. This year official events will be held in all 50 states!We have your favorite Children’s Book Week traditions and exciting new events heading your way! Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
Bi-Coastal Kickoff: This year’s celebration launches with two official anchor events in New York City and Los Angeles, both on Sunday, May 1. The Jefferson Market Branch of the New York Public Library will open its doors for kids ages 5-12 and their families. Stop by for crafts, interactive storytelling, trivia games, and more fun activities led by favorite children’s book authors and illustrators! And for the older set, we’re partnering with our friends at YALLWEST on a special YA panel: “Authors as Fans.” As a bookend to the CBW celebrations, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang will appear with Raina Telgemeier on May 7 at the San Francisco Public Library for a discussion on graphic novels.
Bookstore Events & Author Visits: Bookstores nationwide will be joining the Children’s Book Week celebration. Visit bookweekonline.com/official to find a participating bookstore near you!
Ninth Annual Children’s Choice
Book Awards: Voting is open now through April 25 at ccbookawards.com for the only national book awards program where winning titles are chosen by young readers of all ages. Winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week.
Literary Landmarks: The Children’s Book Council has teamed up once again with the American Library Association’s United for Libraries and the Empire State Center for the Book to establish a literary landmark in honor of Children’s Book Week. A presentation ceremony will be held on May 5 in honor of The Society of Illustrators.
Charitable Opportunities: Communities are encouraged to collect book donations in celebration of Children’s Book Week. Learn more here.
Find out more, including ideas for your own Children’s Book Week celebrations at bookweekonline.com!