“A great nation is a reading nation,” according to Frederic Melcher, editor of Publishers Weekly in the early 1900s. I agree!
Reading offers so many benefits: larger vocabularies, wider knowledge of people and places otherwise out of reach, creativity, and so much more. The information age calls for leaders with these characteristics. When all children love to read and develop these skills, we will have a brighter future.
According to the official website of Children’s Book Week, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, toured the country in 1913 promoting higher standards for children’s books, resulting in the founding of Children’s Book Week, an annual week-long celebration of books and the joy of reading.
Fifty cities around the United States hosted official celebrations for Children’s Book Week from May 13-19, and many other cities saw their citizens celebrating at home. How can you celebrate in your home every day?
Were there any Children’s Book Week events in your area this year? If not, lobby to get some for 2014! Each official event features published authors and illustrators. Visitors meet the authors and illustrators, get free swag, and can even take books to have signed! Tweet to @CBCBook, post on their Facebook page, and offer suggestions of authors who either write about your state or come from your state.
Get your child to the library. Our library offers weekly crafts for kids on Saturday mornings, fun events for teenagers like murder mysteries and glow-in-the-dark paint parties, scavenger hunt events, reading times, and more. Visit your library’s website to check out the schedule and find a fun event for your child.
Download an e-book for your child. Even if you prefer physical books, there’s no doubt your child will encounter e-books in school and later at work. Let them choose an e-book to explore on your computer or e-reader, and give them a leg up. Many e-books offer extras, like links to supplemental information and author interview clips. We Give Books by Penguin is a great site for free e-books.
Read a book that has been adapted to the screen, then rent the movie. Talk about the differences and what they add to or take away from the story. Some great books/films are The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Hugo is the film), Where the Wild Things Are, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and of course Harry Potter.
Join Virtual Book Club for Kids. Each month this group of bloggers reads the works of a different kid lit author and shares the experiments, crafts, and other activities they create to go along with the books. The Virtual Book Club is hosted by Mommy and Me Book Club, Toddler Approved, and The Educators’ Spin On It.
Visit the Kid Lit Blog Hop and enter to win of free books! The Kid Lit Blog Hop had a special Hop to celebrate Children’s Book Week hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Mother Daughter Book Reviews also hosts the Kid Lit Blog Hop on the first and third Wednesday of every month, along with Snacks for Max (that’s me!), Geo Librarian, Kid Lit Reviews, Youth Literature Reviews, and Julie Grasso.
*This post was originally written as a guestpost for Totsy to publish during Children’s Book Week, but as it has still not been published through that blog, I wanted to share what I had written with my regular readers. I’ll let you know if it is ever posted to Totsy!