Since 1919, the United States has celebrated literacy during Children’s Book Week. According to the event’s website:
“In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.
“Mathiews enlisted two important allies: Frederic G. Melcher, the visionary editor of Publishers Weekly, and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children’s Works at the New York Public Library and a major figure in the library world. With the help of Melcher and Moore, in 1916, the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association sponsored a Good Book Week with the Boy Scouts of America.”
In my mind, this is a truly imperative event to stress to your children because of the places reading can take them. Not only does reading allow us to learn from others’ mistakes, gain insight into people and places we would never have otherwise been able to meet or visit, and get away from our own problems for awhile, but it also expands our vocabularies and imaginations.
To share these thoughts on Children’s Book Week, I am guestposting for Totsy on Tuesday, May 14, and am also hosting a giveaway with author Janet Halfmann. Halfmann’s book Home in the Cave is a wonderful example of an entertaining and educational book that children benefit from reading.
In fact, Home in the Cave is one of those books for which my mom, a teacher, is always looking.
The story has a main character you care for from the start – a little bat living with his mother in a cave who is afraid to grow up – and is chock full of facts about animals and nature.
Halmann presents the facts about the ecosystem of a cave as a fun journey for the character, so it isn’t as if your little one is sitting at a desk in the classroom. Your child learns and retains more from the book than he or she might from reading a textbook. Home in the Cave is the difference between assigned reading and getting to go on a field trip.
Author Janet Halfmann will send a signed hard copy of Home in the Cave to the winner (US only). Enter below!
Please be sure to visit Totsy for my guestpost on Tuesday, May 14 on children’s literature and parenting. Also, be sure to visit all the other Kid Lit Giveaway Hop links in the list below!
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