What is Better Than Reading a Book?

Hey kids,

You may have noticed I’m a huge fan of children’s books. Picture books, easy readers, fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, audiobooks, I love all of it. I’ve made my permanent home right in the middle of it. I can’t get enough.

This year's Children’s Book Week, a semi-annual celebration of children’s literature, takes place from May 2-May 8. Additional festivities from November 7-13 happen too close to my hibernation time, but you can enjoy that week too.

How to celebrate Children’s Book Week this year, you ask? I have some suggestions.

First, find a new book to read. The new book shelf at the front the Children’s Library has all the newest titles from chapter books to board books to biographies. It’s a great place to browse and find something to catch your eye. If nothing there appeals to you, ask for a suggestion from one of our librarians, either in-person or using our May We Suggest form.

Second, share a book with a friend. Tell someone about the best (or worst!) book you’ve read lately, a favorite series, or a cool illustration. You can tell a grown-up person too; they should also be reading children’s books. If the person you tell is one of the librarians here, be sure to speak loudly enough that I can hear too. It warms my heart when kids tell me what they are reading.

Third, have fun with some literature-celebrating activities. Visit our Telling a People’s Story exhibit, or check out Every Child a Reader for paper activities including bookmarks, challenges, drawing activities and all kinds of fun stuff. I’ll have some available next to me during Children’s Book Week if you stop by. 

And there you have it. Three great things to do to celebrate Children’s Book Week. But don’t stop there—read children’s books all year long for the best celebration.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

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