Children’s Book Week 2021
Celebrating Children’s Book Week
We love celebrating books! We get to do so every day; whether our job with the Library is selecting and purchasing materials, or as a branch librarian who gets to share their favorite titles with our wonderful guests. We’ll be celebrating books in a big way during Children’s Book Week (CBW).
What is Children’s Book Week?
Held this spring from May 3-9, CBW is a collaboration between Every Child a Reader and the Children’s Book Council. As stated on their website, established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, and in homes — wherever young readers and books connect!
You can celebrate at your local branch library by checking out their CBW displays, taking home free giveaways like bookmarks and activity sheets, and participating in this year’s theme: “Reading is a Superpower” which aims to celebrate the educators, librarians, booksellers, and caregivers who have encouraged kids to continue reading during the pandemic.
Anna Dewdney Read Together Award
As a previous children’s librarian, one of my favorite things to do was read aloud to children and make recommendations of great read aloud titles to families so they can enjoy them at home.
The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award, in partnership with CBW, is given annually to a picture book that is both a superb read-aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection. The award commemorates the life and work of author/illustrator Anna Dewdney and celebrates her commitment to reading with young children and putting books into as many little hands as possible.
You can check out the link to see past winners and keep an eye out during CBW to see this year’s winner. You can also check out this year’s finalists from our library. I know which one I voted for!
Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown, illustrated by A.G. Ford
I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! by Elise Parsley
Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker, illustrated by April Harrison
Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
You Matter by Christian Robinson
Importance of reading aloud
Reading aloud to a child, whether it’s at a library storytime, or at home with a caregiver, is the perfect opportunity to connect early literacy skills with a story that is engaging and entertaining. Books provide the chance for kids to practice talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing – the five practices that play a vital role in helping children be prepared to start kindergarten and get ready to learn how to read.
For more information about the importance of early literacy, check out our School Readiness page and check out our on-demand online storytimes. Each library’s children’s area holds a bounty of great read-aloud books, whether you browse the shelves to find your own treasures, or check out our librarian-curated displays. We encourage you to ask our talented youth services staff for recommendations and read-aloud favorites.
If you love the library, but wish you could hang on to those great children’s books forever, you’re in luck! In collaboration with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, our library system participates in the Dolly Patron’s Imagination Library program. Families living in Clermont County with a child under the age of five are eligible to sign up and receive a new book that will be mailed directly to your home on a monthly basis. And the best part is the book is yours to keep! Visit our Imagination Library page to learn more and enroll online.
During Children’s Book Week, and really every week, we encourage you to visit your local library, check out the amazing materials and programs they offer, talk with a helpful staff member, and fill your library bag with wonderful read-aloud books that will delight your children and yourself.