Monday, June 8, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Ideas for Celebrating Children's Book Week

•Make your voice heard with the Children's Choice Book Awards! Click here to see the finalists. Then tell us which was your favorite by voting! A Children's Choice Book Award will be given to the winner in each age group during Children's Book Week. We'll post the winners here on the Book Week site, so come back to find out how your favorites did!

• It doesn't need to be Book Week for you to find great books: the Children's Choices list is available all year round. Kids across the country pick their favorite books each year, and about 100 books make the cut. You can find the lists from other years here - come find out what other kids think are the best books of the past few years!

•Come test your skills with our Children's Book Week puzzles!

•Great authors have started a story… come help them finish the tale with our Story Starters!

• Tell your teacher or librarian to check out our page for teachers and librarians - they'll get great ideas there for how to celebrate Book Week in your school.

•When you read a really great book, don't you want to make sure everyone knows about it? That's how Seth Cassel felt. That's why he started FLAMINGNET, a site where teens can tell other teens what they think about the books they read. Go read what they have to say, and find out how you can get involved!

♥ & Respect Books ~ read often & help others to do the same =9.

Celebrate Children's Book Week


"A great nation is a reading nation."

In a small library on a November afternoon in 1921, a stiff-lipped lady was busy with her scissors, shearing off the bottom third of Jessie Willcox Smith's poster for Children's Book Week. A poster showing books scattered in joyous abandon on the floor was more than she could bear to display! Our attitude toward children and their enjoyment of books has undergone considerable change since that day. The creation and growth of Children's Book Week has both resulted from and influenced this transformation. Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes-any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book related events.It all began with the idea that children's books can change lives. 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 (the publishing industry trade journal), 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 cooperated with the Boy Scouts in sponsoring a Good Book Week. At the 1919 ABA convention, the Association committed to the organization of an annual Children's Book Week. A few months later, the official approval of the American Library Association was also secured during its first Children's Librarians session. In 1944, the newly-established Children's Book Council assumed responsibility for administering Children's Book Week. In 2008, Children’s Book Week moved from November to May. At that time, responsibility for Children’s Book Week, including planning official events and creating original materials, was transferred to Every Child a Reader, the philanthropic arm of the children’s publishing industry. The need for Children’s Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919, and the task remains the realization of Frederic Melcher’s fundamental declaration: “A great nation is a reading nation.”

Future Dates of Children's Book Week:

2010: May 10 - 16
2011: May 2 - 8
2012: May 7 - 13

♥ & Respect Books ~ read often & help others to do the same =9.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Maisy Nest Sample 1

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Hudson Children's Book Festival

Hudson Children's Book Festival

Saturday ~ May 16 2009 ~

102 Harry Howard Ave
Hudson, NY

♥ & Respect Books ~ read often & help others to do the same =9.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Earlier this week, Jennifer Brown, launched a new Web site, TwentybyJenny.

TwentybyJenny's goal is to help educators & caregivers build a child’s library one book at a time. Isn't that absolutely incredible!!!

Jenny recommends 20 classics, in each of four age groups, to get you started. Each month, her complimentary email newsletter recommends a brand new book in each age group so you can continue to expand your selections.With more than 9,000 children's books published each year, it's hard to judge the best.
TwentybyJenny will recommend the top picks for you.

Go ahead check out

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The Last Olympian ~ Rick Riordan

On May 5 The Last Olympian, the fifth & final book in Rick Riordan’s mythological fantasy series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, about a boy with dyslexia and ADHD who discovers he is the son of Poseidon hits the stands.

♥ & Respect Books ~ read often & help others to do the same =9.