How you can Celebrate:
- Create a love of books as early as possible! Bring in your child (birth – prekindergarten) and register them for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program: they earn incentive prizes along the way, and we track their progress at the library and on Facebook. Visit Miss Claire in the Children’s Department for questions about this fabulous reading program!
- Bring in your child dressed as his or her favorite book character this week, and he or she will receive a prize!
- Explore and discover: Challenge your child to read a new book this week, something they’ve never read before and know very little about.
- Vote for your favorite book of the year in the Children’s Department this week! More information about the program and finalists can be found here.
Children’s Book Week originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers. 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 who believed that “a great nation is a reading nation,” 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 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, the administration of Children’s Book Week, including planning official events and creating original materials, was transferred to Every Child a Reader, CBC’s charitable arm.