From May 13th to 19th, this long-running national initiative promotes literacy and celebrates books for young people.
It’s founded on the belief that reading children’s books changes lives. Its declaration from almost one hundred years ago that “a great nation is a reading nation” remains true even to this day.
Sponsored by The Children’s Book Council, one of the big events is the annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala on May 13th. This is the “only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by children and teens of all ages.”
Of course, events can be held anywhere, anytime- in the privacy of your home, for example, reading a bedtime story to your child.
Working at a children’s bookstore is a dream come true for me. Today was a great example of seeing how important books are in the lives of people. Getting to share with others what books meant to us and recommending titles to one another. Helping them find the right books for a specific person. Having these kinds of experiences all because of books that even when read in different places and different times in our lives still bonded us.
I’m excited that this year’s poster was created by Brian Selznick. The Invention of Hugo Cabret is one of my favorite books. I love that he pays tribute to other authors/illustrators Remy Charlip and Maurice Sendak!
Also great is the fact that Grace Lin (Where the Mountain Meets the Moon) designed the bookmark full of hidden surprises if one pays attention.
As you know, part of my Commitment to Literacy is that for every comment left on this blog, I will donate a book to The Children’s Book Bank. (I’ve also extended it to every like this blog’s Facebook page gets.) So, I want to know: What is one of your favorite children’s book and why?