This week is Children's Book Week. It's all about the kiddos! Since 1919, Children's Book Week is focused on celebrating the love of reading in children. It's managed by Every Child A Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization and sponsored by the Children's Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children's book publishers. Special events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, and at home, where the connection to reading starts. There are commemorative bookmarks, official nationwide events, and awards that give kids a chance to weigh in on what's being written for them.
There's also a cool graphic novels blog tour, including graphic novelist and current National Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature at Forever YA. The ambassador raises awareness for the important of lifelong literacy and is supported by the Library of Congress.
If you're a teacher, Children's Book Week offers a Digital Toolkit for free resources to use in your library or classroom.
This summer, keep reading on the to-do list! Check out these hot summer reads for kindergarten through fourth graders:
Pablo Prairie Dog and the WWCC Heroes will resonate with both sporty kids and brainiacs. With gorgeous colorful illustrations, the book features a cast of wild half-animal, half-human creatures that play a mix of chess and professional wresting. Through his adventures with WWCC All Star team, Pablo Prairie Dog discovers his own importance and learns that value is found in all of us, no matter our size or differences. Amazon; B&N; Books-A-Million
Curious Critters Marine features incredible photographs depicting 20 common and fascinating sea creatures. Fun and education narratives round out the visuals. Amazon; B&N; IndieBound
If You Love Honey will fascinate kids with an illustrated adventure through the natural world. It’s all about honey! Amazon; B&N; IndieBound
Bottle Cap Boys – Dancing on Royal Street will enthrall young readers with an upbeat rhyme and New Orleans traditions made for kids. Amazon; B&N; IndieBound
Selling Eggs – Trash to Treasure Series, Recycling Creatively with L.T. will inspire kids with cute chicks, pocket money, and creative recycling ideas. With lots to build on in the classroom, kids will learn about taking care of our environment in a fun and charming way. Amazon; B&N; IndieBound