“A great nation is a reading nation.”
May 7–13 marks Children’s Book Week, which began in 1919. Each year, schools, libraries, stores, and museums around the nation celebrate this week with author and illustrator appearances and other fun events. This link highlights a few of the events around the country going on through May 13. Children can download the official bookmark, illustrated by Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales).
One of the week’s highlights is the Children’s Choice Book Awards, the only national awards program in which children themselves choose the winners. This year’s winners were announced on May 7, and the finalists and winners are shared here. The books are categorized by grade level (Kindergarten to grade 2, grades 3–4, grades 5–6, and teen).
In addition, to help celebrate this exciting week of reading, Sylvan Dell Publishing is offering free access to all 70 of its eBook titles. What a great way to get children excited about reading!