Monday, May 12, 2008

Happy Children's Book Week

Isn't this poster fabulous? It's the official poster of Children's Book Week created by Mary Grandpre (best known for illustrating the Harry Potter books).

Children's Book Week began with the simple idea that children's books can change lives. Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes-any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book related events. Read more about the history of Children's Book Week here.

The Children's Book Council is hosting events all week in New York City, but you can set up your own celebrations this week. Ask the children in your classroom to bring their favorite book to class and share a small excerpt. Ask them to create their own poster for Children's Book Week depicting a scene from their favorite book (why did they choose that particular scene???). Find more activities here and here. If you have more ideas, let me know and I'll post them.

A printable bookmark created by graphic novelist Gene Yang is also available here.

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