Well, according to the Children's Book Council,
"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.
Mathiews enlisted two important allies: Frederic G. Melcher, the visionary editor of Publishers Weekly, and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children's Works at the New York Public Library and a major figure in the library world. With the help of Melcher and Moore, in 1916 the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association cooperated with the Boy Scouts in sponsoring a Good Book Week.
In 1944, the newly-established Children's Book Council assumed responsibility for administering Children's Book Week..."
So, what does this mean for us? How can we celebrate Children's Book Week?
- Check out these officially sponsored events
- Print this FREE bookmark and form for your young readers
- Check out local events
- Encourage your kid(s) to write and illustrate a children's book of their own
- JUST READ with your kids, talk about reading, ask kids what they LOVE about their favorite books!
- READ READ READ READ...see a theme?
For the link to the above information and more, click here.
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