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Children's Book Week

Updated on May 13, 2014
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Bernadyn is a writer who contributes her work to various websites and magazines and is the Owner/Director for the website, B is 4.

National Children's Book Week

National Children's Book Week is May 12-18 this year.

It's Never Too Early to Introduce Kids to Books

I remember falling in love with books and reading at a very young age. I would stay up without my parents knowing just to finish a book or get to that last chapter. The bad thing about that was since my parents had no idea about what I was doing, I usually did not have a bright enough light on and ruined my eye sight at a young age, too. I began wearing glasses in the third grade and the eye doctor said I was straining my eyes from all the reading and from reading too close.

Nonetheless, my love for reading continued on until this day. I get excited just borrowing a new book from a friend or the library or buying a new one on my Kindle or local bookstore.

A person's love for reading can start at a young age, although, some people may not become bookworms until they are older. It is never too early to be introduced to books, however. Reading helps with writing and a person's vocabulary, as well, so I believe it is important for children to at least appreciate books and the impact they have.

Pick Up This Popular Children's Book

Engage Young Readers with Books They Can Interact With

This book is perfect for a graduation gift or birthday present.  It lets the child tell his own story and add pictures as he grows.
This book is perfect for a graduation gift or birthday present. It lets the child tell his own story and add pictures as he grows. | Source

Things to do for Children's Book Week

This is the perfect time to nurture a child's love for reading. Here are some ideas parents, teachers, babysitters and other family members can do with children to celebrate Children's Book Week:

  • Read every day - aim for one book a day with your child if they are young enough to still read short chapter or picture story books. If you have an older child, engage them in reading a couple chapters a day from a book you will both enjoy. It does not have to be just for this week but maybe a goal to read together all month.
  • Visit the library and check out new books. Also, your local library may be having some events to celebrate Children's Book Week.
  • Introduce your child to books you read as a kid and some of your favorite childhood authors.
  • Read a new book everyday and participate in social media reading activities. Currently, for this month, I will be taking part in "Read a Day in May" through Instagram. It is easy as just taking a photo with the book my child reads everyday and post it with the hashtag: #ReadadayinMay.
  • Research authors that your child enjoys reading from to learn more about them. Maybe have your child write to the author.
  • Visit local bookstores. They may be holding events to celebrate this week, as well. Many bookstores have routine story times during the week and special events for young children monthly.
  • Look up recommended book lists for your child's age to see what books are trending for them right now.
  • Hold a book swap with other parents of the same age group as your child. There may also already be book swaps set up like through the library or book stores.
  • Have a book party and invite other friends with their children. Make it a potluck, have story time, dress up like characters from the book. Consider an easy activity, games or crafts to do that relate to the book you want to showcase.
  • Join a family book club or start your own. We just joined one at the beginning of this month. The book for May is "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." To find out more or to join, visit their site here.
  • Have your child try to write their own chapter book or picture book. They can draw a cover to along with it. We did this project with my son's "Read and Rise" program through his school and it was a nice experience to share with him as a family.
  • Create craft projects, games or activities to go along with a new book you read with your child or with his favorite story. My son's favorite book right now is one about Lego Star Wars so I printed out craft and activity projects that I found free on-line to do with him.

Children Love Reading Eric Carle and Seeing His Vivid Pictures

Dr. Seuss Books

Dr. Seuss books rhyme and have silly words that keep children wanting to listen to more as the story unfolds.
Dr. Seuss books rhyme and have silly words that keep children wanting to listen to more as the story unfolds. | Source

Favorite Children's Books and Children's Authors

Here are some popular books from favorite children's authors (and my personal favorites):

  • Dr. Seuss: "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs and Ham," "Oh, The Places You'll Go."
  • Roald Dahl: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." "James and the Giant Peach," "Matilda" and "The Witches."
  • Eric Carle: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
  • Lewis Carroll: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
  • Laura Numeroff: "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"
  • L. Frank Baum: "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz"
  • Maurice Sendak: "Where the Wild Things Are"
  • E.B. White: "Charlotte's Web"

Childhood Favorite Authors

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Eric Carle books are great for children to read because the pictures are also so colorful, drawing in the child's attention.Dr. Seuss, "Oh Baby, Go Baby," is a cute board book that your tot can read this week.  It contains interactive things inside, perfect for the curious readers!
Eric Carle books are great for children to read because the pictures are also so colorful, drawing in the child's attention.
Eric Carle books are great for children to read because the pictures are also so colorful, drawing in the child's attention. | Source
Dr. Seuss, "Oh Baby, Go Baby," is a cute board book that your tot can read this week.  It contains interactive things inside, perfect for the curious readers!
Dr. Seuss, "Oh Baby, Go Baby," is a cute board book that your tot can read this week. It contains interactive things inside, perfect for the curious readers! | Source

Ione Skye: Children's Book Week Champion

New Popular Children's Books

If your child is looking for something aside from the classic and traditional children's books, here are some of the new popular children's books according to Barnes and Noble's site:

  • "How to Train Your Dragon" by Cressida Cowell
  • "Middle School: Ultimate Showdown" by James Patterson
  • "The Pigeon Needs a Bath" by Mo Willems
  • "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein

Enjoy this New Bestseller With Your Child

There is a Book for Everyone

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Look and Find books are fun for kids to read since it asks them to find the pictures throughout the book.This book called, "Let's Go To the Zoo,"  is a fun book for little ones because you can open up the flaps to reveal the animals.Scanimation books are entertaining to read for children since it shows movement.
Look and Find books are fun for kids to read since it asks them to find the pictures throughout the book.
Look and Find books are fun for kids to read since it asks them to find the pictures throughout the book. | Source
This book called, "Let's Go To the Zoo,"  is a fun book for little ones because you can open up the flaps to reveal the animals.
This book called, "Let's Go To the Zoo," is a fun book for little ones because you can open up the flaps to reveal the animals. | Source
Scanimation books are entertaining to read for children since it shows movement.
Scanimation books are entertaining to read for children since it shows movement. | Source

Future Dates for Children's Book Week

In 2015, Children's Book Week will run through May 4-10 and in 2016, it will be from May 2-8.

Facts and History about Children's Book Week

You can find more details about Children's Book Week at their website here.

  • "Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading."
  • It began in 1919.
  • Administered by Every Child a Reader, a literacy organization.
  • An anchor sponsor is The Children's Book Council.
  • "Children's Book Week originated in the belief that children's books and literacy are life-changers."
  • Franklin K. Mathiews began promoting higher standards in children's books. He was the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • The Book Council was established in 1944 and began administering Children's Book Week.
  • Children's Book Week moved from November to May in 2008.

My Kids' Favorite Books

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My son picked up this book at his school's book fair and it has been the book he picks up every night to read since then.These are some of my daughter's favorite books.  She has had "Daddy's Lullaby" since she was a baby.  It's a sweet story of a dad coming home and finding baby is awake.  He puts her back to sleep with a walk through the house and a lullaby.
My son picked up this book at his school's book fair and it has been the book he picks up every night to read since then.
My son picked up this book at his school's book fair and it has been the book he picks up every night to read since then. | Source
These are some of my daughter's favorite books.  She has had "Daddy's Lullaby" since she was a baby.  It's a sweet story of a dad coming home and finding baby is awake.  He puts her back to sleep with a walk through the house and a lullaby.
These are some of my daughter's favorite books. She has had "Daddy's Lullaby" since she was a baby. It's a sweet story of a dad coming home and finding baby is awake. He puts her back to sleep with a walk through the house and a lullaby. | Source

Favorite Children's Authors

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Reading Together with Family

Reading to your young child everyday is rewarding, offering you quality time to spend with your child while doing something educational. When they start to take an interest in reading, let them read to you.

My son is now at the point where he has begun to learn how to read. He enjoys trying to read to us, make up his own stories or re-telling his version of the story. I do not expect him or my daughter to become bookworms like myself but I am happy to know he has an appreciation for books and takes an interest in reading.He knows that through reading, he can learn more and improve his vocabulary. He also loves finding new books to read and new favorite stories to discuss.

Reading time in our house is a special time that the kids look forward to and that we hope to hold onto for a long time. Our days are spent apart since there is work and school. The evenings are when we need to cherish our short time together and reading is one of the ways we do that. We are excited about Children's Book Week because it reminds us to embrace our love for reading and discover new children's books to read together.

Happy reading!

┬ęBNadyn 2014


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    Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

    haha I bet it is, trust me those days he'll cherish and always remember, especially when he is older.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Joe, Dr. Seuss is a big deal in our house right now so we're having fun with it.

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    Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

    This hub is great, made me really miss reading Doctor Seuss with my mother lol.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi, Janis, thank you for coming by and yes, I agree that getting interested in reading while they're young makes a difference.

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    Janis 3 years ago from California

    Reading is important to children. To get them interested in a young age can really help them throughout their school years. You've listed some great books here.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, travmaj for the vote up and yes, it's certainly nice when they remember. I'm happy when my kids enjoy getting a new book and want to read it with us.

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    travmaj 3 years ago from australia

    Great hub and so important. As you point out children can gain so much from reading especially in the family environment. My own grown children still remember their books and often reminisce. Voting up.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, Hopeloveee and have a great week. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi Indra, thank you!

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    Indra Prasetya 3 years ago from Indonesia

    We all should be grateful for our kids is always there need you. Good post!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thanks, Bill, and of course, Milne - still very popular, too. I've only read his Pooh books but mentioning him has me interested in looking into his other work now.

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    Hopeloveee 3 years ago

    Great hub!

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    As a former teacher, obviously, I'm all for this. I'm a big Milne fan by the way.