Why Children’s Book Week Is Important

Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Since 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This year it is celebrating its 101st anniversary of spreading the joy of reading. Inspire children to read during this week by sharing and recommending your favorite picture books. Your influence as a parent or teacher just might turn a non-reader into a reader!

Ways to Celebrate This Week

  1. Book Awards – Ask students to nominate their favorite picture book for a special class award. Once all of the nominees have been announced students can vote for their favorites. You might also want to consider participating in the Kids Book Choice Awards. November 14th is the last date for kids to vote for their favorite books.
  2. Invite a guest author – It may not be possible for authors to visit schools in person again this year. Many authors are available and booking for virtual author visits. You can reach out to an author and check their availability. Children’s Book Week is also celebrated in May.
  3. Jeopardy – Students love playing jeopardy and Jeopardy boards are easy to design. Each category could be a different book, or different characters from the same book. Have fun with the categories and enlist the help of your students for ideas.
  4. Bookmarks – Have students create book marks to share highlights from their favorite picture books. They could also create a Twitter post about their favorite book.
  5. Write a book as a class – This activity is a big hit with children. Once the students have decided what the topic of the book will be each child is asked to contribute their writing and an illustration. There are a number of ways to bind the story together, but I like to use Illustory, while it is a little more expensive, it is more durable and will become part of your class library for many years.

Week Two Suggestions

November 8th – International Tongue Twister Day

November 9th – National STEM/STEAM Day

November 10th – Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November 11th – Veteran’s Day

November 12th – National Pizza with the Works Day (except Anchovies)

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Challenge – Your challenge for this week is to celebrate Picture Book Week with one of these books or select one of the activities to share with your students.

Be sure to let me know below if you have any books or activities we can share with children. My comment box is feeling lonely. Please send it some love!

Check back next Friday for my list of picture books and writing prompts for week three!

Have a great week!

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