Five Ways to Celebrate Children’s Book Week (Even If You Didn’t Plan Ahead!)

Librarianship | Christi Showman Farrar| May 01, 2018

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Librarian Christi Showman Farrar shares five ways to celebrate Children’s Book Week in your library.

April 30 through May 6 is Children’s Book Week, an annual week dedicated to literacy, books and the joy of childhood reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy event in the nation and was created as a joint effort between the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, and the Boy Scouts of America. Since 1944, Children’s Book Week has been administered by the Children’s Book Council and features a week of events each spring, along with the annual voting for the Children’s and Teen Book Choice Awards.

Even if this is the first time you’ve heard of Children’s Book Week, or if spring just snuck up on you this year and you didn’t have time to plan, it’s not too late to celebrate with your students or library patrons.

Even if this is the first time you’ve heard of Children’s Book Week, or if spring just snuck up on you this year and you didn’t have time to plan, it’s not too late to celebrate with your students or library patrons.

  1. Vote for the Children’s and Teen Book Choice Awards
    Sticker voting is a simple and affordable way to let students voice their opinions on their favorite books this year. Print out covers of the nominated titles, then let students place a sticker next to their choice(s). Share their votes and then see if their favorites win! For this year’s ballot and instructions on group voting, visit the Voting Tools Page.
     
  2. Get Caught Reading
    Celebrate and encourage reading in your school or library. Hand out bookmarks or other small incentives to everyone who is “caught” reading by you, the principal or director.
     
  3. Color a Bookmark or Make a Children’s Book Week Craft
    The Children’s Book Week site has many fun printable activities free for downloading. Print the activities, add some craft and coloring supplies and you have an easy celebratory center.
     
  4. Become a Children’s Book Week Champion
    The easiest way to participate in Children’s Book Week is to just raise awareness and to share the resources. Add a badge to your website or social media page, share a tweet using the hashtag #CBW18, or direct people to the Children’s Book Week website. The site’s Media Toolkit suggests more ways to share the news about Children’s Book Week. There’s also a poster you can download.
     
  5. Promote Your Collection and Share Your Favorite Books
    Put up a special display of some of your favorite books from your collection, and ask kids to share their favorites on a bulletin board or with post-it notes. Children’s Book Week can be a way to foster community conversations about the love of books. You can even extend this from an in-person display to a digital one by promoting your Children’s Picture Book eBook Collection on your website.

While Children’s Book Week is only once a year, it’s always the right week to promote reading in your library, school or home. For additional ideas on connecting readers to books, be sure to check out tips on the NoveList Idea Center.

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Christi Showman Farrar
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Christi Showman Farrar is a librarian in Massachusetts who has served on the American Library Association-Children’s Book Council Joint Committee since 2016. She’ll be celebrating Children’s Book Week by extending her children’s nightly story time and by visiting her public library.

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