Children’s Book Week, a national celebration of books and reading, is a week away. Set for May 7-13, this observation is purported to be the “longest running literacy initiative in the country.” Established in 1919, the event spawns reading fêtes, author guest appearances, storytelling, and a host of other literacy functions for children and youth across the country.
If you are planning to have a reading party in your classroom or library, the Children’s Book Council has a free downloadable bookmark created by Lane Smith, an award-winning illustrator. It would make a good token gift for beginning readers.
Lane teamed with author Jon Scieszka to create “The Stinky Cheese Man,” “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs” and “Math Curse.” He also illustrated Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach” and “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!” by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky.
Just go to the “It’s a Bookmark!” link, right click the image, and save the template to your computer. Print the bookmark (and bonus activity) on cardstock or heavy paper. Cut it out, and laminate for durability.
Big Universe Learning has 4080 engaging books online for your students to enjoy during Children’s Book Week. There are 304,000 members from 168 countries in the Big Universe Learning community, and visitors to the educational website have logged 3,825,896 reads to date!
“A great nation is a reading nation.” – CBW