By Cathy Chesher /
In my job as a children’s librarian, every week is Children’s Book Week (CBW), but since 1919 the Children’s Book Council and “Every Child Ready to Read” have recognized one week of the year as the official “Children’s Book Week.”
Children’s Book Week is a national celebration of children’s books and the joy of reading. It is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. More information about CBW and ways you can celebrate can be found at the official website at www.bookweekonline.com.
In the meantime, here are some ways I recommend celebrating CBW:
- Share YOUR favorite childhood books with your children. If you don’t have easy access to these books, contact your local library to see if they have them. Can’t remember the titles of your favorites? Ask any children’s librarian for help. We love these “stumpers” and love connecting adults with beloved books from childhood.
- Start a family read-aloud book this week. Need book suggestions? Check out this list of Family Read-Alouds I recently compiled available on the library’s website at library.booksite.com/7329/nl/?list=CNL3&group=EB7.
- Explore some of the books children have liked and voted on. Every year children read and vote on their favorite newly published books. The Children’s Book Council maintains some great lists of past winners.
- Encourage the budding authors in your home. Children’s authors have created some Story Starters at www.bookweekonline.com/story-starters that children can have fun adding to.
- Check out the Adrian Public Library’s display of children’s book characters (see photo at right)! How many of these characters or books represented can you identify? To make this even more interesting, we have created a contest with two winners chosen at the end of the month. One prize will be given to the person who identifies the most characters or books with the second prize chosen randomly from all the entries received.
- Lastly, visit the library! What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week than to surround yourself with great children’s books and perhaps take some of them home for a few weeks.
Cathy Chesher is originally from the Chicago area and moved here after marrying Steve, an Adrian native, 32 years (!) ago. They have two adult children, Michael and Amanda (who Cathy is happy to say love to read). When she is not working, reading or playing with her iPad, Cathy tends to her perennial garden, does yoga and other exercise, cooks, and enjoys travel. Cathy says she has the best job in Lenawee County! “There are many things I like and love about being a children’s librarian, but nurturing and supporting the love of reading is at the top of the list. In my mind, there is no such thing as a child who doesn’t like to read; just one who hasn’t found the right book yet.”by