What Is Children's Book Week?

Q: When is Children's Book Week, you ask?

Children’s Book Week, an annual event that began in 1919, used to be celebrated the week before Thanksgiving. However, in 2008 the celebration of Children's Book Week was moved to May.

A: May 10-16, 2010

Q: What happens during Children's Book Week?

A: During Children’s Book Week, public libraries, school libraries, and bookstores generally have special activities for children that are designed to encourage a love of books. 

According to the Children’s Book Council,
    "A celebration of the written word, Children's Book Week introduces young people to new authors and ideas in schools, libraries, homes and bookstores. Through Children's Book Week, the Children's Book Council encourages young people and their caregivers to discover the complexity of the world beyond their own experience through books."

Q: What is The Children's Book Council?

A: The Children's Book Council (CBC) is a nonprofit trade organization. Its members are United States publishers and packagers of children's and young adult trade books. The CBC "is dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books." The organization is the official sponsor of the annual Young People's Poetry Week, the third week in April, and Children's Book Week, the week before Thanksgiving. (now moved to May)

You can visit their site for more information at:

Publishers of Children's Books
Candlewick Press
Barefoot Books

Q: Who Administers Children's Book Week?

A: In 1944, the Children's Book Council (CBC) was established, and it administered the celebration until 2008. At that time, Every Child a Reader, the philanthropic arm of the Children's Book Council, took over responsibility for Children's Book Week.

 Q: Where is The Official Children's Book Week Site?

A: http://childrensbooks.about.com
The Children's Book Week website includes bookmarks you can download and a variety of activities for kids and teens, plus tips and resources for teachers, librarians, publishers and booksellers. Use these resources to celebrate the joy of children's books with your children.

Q: How do I get a free poster for my classroom during children's book week?

Featuring pandas Stillwater and Koo and siblings Karl, Addy, and Michael from Zen Ties, Jon’s beloved characters -- along with a couple of new friends -- help us celebrate books and reading in this year’s poster!
Thanks to Scholastic Book Clubs, the poster will be distributed free of charge in schools during April and May.

A: To Order

Posters are available from the Children's Book Council at no cost beyond shipping.
To receive a free poster with an activity guide, please send a 9 x 12 self-addressed envelope with $0.65 postage affixed.
Mail envelopes with postage affixed to:
Children's Book Council
Poster Order
12 W. 37th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018

Check back to see the post on the winners!

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