May 2012 Featured Article

Celebrate Children’s Book Week May 7 – 13, 2012

 Children’s Book Week is a lot of things – a celebration of literature for children and teens, a nationwide reading and literacy initiative, and most importantly, a huge campaign to draw attention to the power of reading and its importance in the lives of children and youth.  Plus, you can’t deny the legitimacy and power of a movement that’s been around since 1919.

And this “week” just relegated to the knowledge of teachers, librarians and parents anymore.  The power of the internet, and in particular, blogs and social media, are spreading the word about this great celebration far and wide.

So that’s why we’re celebrating the power of reading!  Won’t you join us?

There are some great ways to support reading and literacy for youth, and it starts with getting involved!  Any child or teen can vote for the Children’s Choice Book Awards.  (Teachers and librarians, you can enter votes batch votes for the children in  your care.)  Make your selections known, then explore the rest of the great info and resources the Children’s Book Week site.  You can order this year’s poster, illustrated by David Weisner, from the CBW for free to hang in your school or library.  Or print off the hilarious commemorative bookmark from Lane Smith (no really, it IS a bookmark!)

Try out some of these fun activities

But don’t forget that social media lets you get involved in a whole new way!

  • Follow the Children’s Book Council (who is responsible for the Children’s Book Week and awards) on Twitter or Facebook.
  • Sneek a peek at the CBC’s Pinterest boards
  • Show your support for Children’s Book Week on Twitter with a Twibbon
  • Use the Digital Toolkit to show your support on your blog or in your email signature AND get great ideas for fun activities at home and in the classroom

 

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