Happy National Children’s Book Week. Since 1919, Children’s Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes-any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children’s books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book related events.
It all began with the idea that children’s books can change lives. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians. The National Children’s Book week site has activities for children as well as a free poster and bookmark that you can download.
Several Day Nursery centers have scheduled guest readers. If you would like to read to the children this week, please contact the center nearest you to schedule a time. I have updated the blog in the right column with a list of all the addresses and phone numbers for our centers.
If you need additional inspiration to celebrate National Children’s Book Week, Elizabeth Kennedy, the Children’s Book Guide at About.com has a good blog post on her site listing 10 ways for you to help you raise children who love to read.