May 11, 2014

Celebrate Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week is May 12th - 18th this year! Children's Book Week, or CBW, has been held every year since 1919, making this the nation's longest-running literacy initiative. Children's Book Week is a project of Every Child a Reader and the Children's Book Council. You can find ideas for celebrating and more historical information on the Children's Book Week website.  

Children's Book Week Logo
 CBW is intended to expose our young readers to new stories and authors, and spread the joy that reading can bring. Getting children interested and invested in reading is just the thing your librarians at GMPL are passionate about! We have two special events this week just for that purpose, so check out our upcoming events page

Quote by Mason Cooley
 The Children's Book Council offers a great searching tool if you are looking for books to dig into this week. Your librarians have also created several suggested book lists for you by genre. You can scope out these lists on our website. We also have several sets of book club selections available for check-out so you can host your own book club with your friends! Ask your librarians today for titles and discussion guides. You can also find us on Goodreads to see what your librarians have been reading.

Vintage Book Week Poster, 1924
 In order to keep up with the fabulous books available for kids, we read a lot of blogs. We want to share some of our favorites with you today! Hopefully they will become your new favorites and give you ideas for CBW.
  • Growing Book By Book is a great site that shares tips for helping new readers, book lists, and even ideas for a family dinner book club.
  • No Time For Flash Cards has so many great ideas for themed reading lists, fun activities, and crafts searchable by age.
  • The Fourth Musketeer features historical fiction and non-fiction for kids and teens.  Her great reviews will make kids want to learn about history if they don't already.
  • Reading Confetti shares crafts by theme, a virtual book club, and a ton of ideas for book-related activities sorted alphabetically by title (which the librarian in me loves).
  • Storytime Secrets is an amazing tool for us librarians, but it would also be useful for parents and educators.  You can search book reviews by reading level, topic, genre, or age level.      
  • Literary Lunchbox is home to many book reviews from picture books up to YA novels.  
  • Picture Books and Pirouettes matches picture books and movement in a way that is so fun!  If your wee readers need to get some wiggles out as they listen, this may be the site for you!

Artwork created by The Black Apple
 Whether you read a book a day, dress up like your favorite character, or have a book swap, we'd love to hear how you're celebrating Children's Book Week, 2014!