CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK
The annual event promotes literacy and encourages us to attend events at schools, libraries and bookstores. We can even host an event in our homes. However we can encourage a young reader to open a book and discover the world of reading, Children’s Book Week encourages you to do it.
Books are a gateway to adventure, education, knowledge, and other worlds. They open our imagination and introduce us to language we might not have otherwise been exposed. Our ability to read is one of those tools that no one can ever take away from us and giving the skill to someone else, especially a child, empowers them to direct their own future.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ChildrensBookWeek
Give a child the gift of a book. There are many ways you can do this. This writer personally has a list of favorite children’s books she gives away on special occasions. Children’s Book Week is another special occasion for giving away those favorite books. Other ways to participate include:
- Taking children to the bookstore or library to select books to read or purchase.
- Read to a child. Children who are read to want to learn to read.
- Teach a child to read. Whether they learn sight words or begin with a basic book, children who read have more opportunities.
- Donate books to a school, shelter, or veterans’ clinic. Children will read the books left there.
- Support your local bookstores. They often schedule children’s reading times with local authors. The more young readers are exposed to a variety of authors, the more their interests grow, too!
- Visit www.childrensbookweek.net for resources and downloadable posters.
CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK HISTORY
Every Child A Reader, a 501 (c)(3) literacy organization, administers Children’s Book Week. The observance was established in 1919 and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the United States.
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