We are committed to early childhood literacy so it should come as no surprise that we are delighted to be officially kicking off Children’s Book Week 2012 with our “Read Every Day at Scholastic” Family Event on Sunday, May 6th!
For those who may be unfamiliar with Children’s Book Week, please let us fill you in. Started in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Around the nation, this is a week when all things “reading” are celebrated. There will be author and illustrator appearances, story telling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes.
The Children’s Book Awards, which are an integral part of the celebrations, have already begun; children and teens can vote online now for their favorite books, authors, and illustrators of the year. Awards are given in six categories:
Kindergarten to 2nd Grade Book of the Year
3rd to 4th Grade Book of the Year
5th to 6th Grade Book of the Year
Teen Choice Book of the Year
Author of the Year
Illustrator of the Year
At Books For Kids, we believe it is incredibly important that all children be introduced to books as early and as often as possible so we are honored to be a part of such an important and historic occasion! We encourage you and your family to take part in the week and, fortunately, the Children’s Book Council has wonderfully creative ways for families and educators to do so. In addition to voting in one (or all!) of the six categories, these are a few of our favorite ways: stage a “Read-In”, download printable puzzles and bookmarks, or hold a book exchange!
Of course, we would love nothing more than if you and your family joined us for the “Read Every Day at Scholastic” Family Event to kick off Children’s Book Week with a grand party!