The colorful poster promoting literacy was designed by illustrator David Wiesner, who has supplied artwork for more than 20 award-winning books for young readers.
To order the free Children’s Book Week poster(s) with an activity guide, send a 9x12-inch self-addressed envelope with postage affixed if you would like 1-10 posters. A 10x13-inch self-addressed envelope with attached postage is needed if you plan to order 10-25 posters, the maximum number allowed. Postal regulations have changed recently, so ask for help with prices at your Post Office.
Weight of posters and an envelope
1 poster and envelope: 1.2 ounces
10 posters and envelope: 14 ounces
25 posters and envelope: 2 pounds, 6 ounces
Mail your request and the appropriate stamped envelope to:
Children's Book Council
ATTN: 2012 Poster Order
54 West 39th Street, 14th floor
New York, NY 10018
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country, according to BookWeekOnline.com. It stems from the efforts of Franklin K. Matthiews, the Boy Scouts of America librarian, who had been touring the country “to promote higher standards in children’s books.”
Matthiews “proposed creating a Children's Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers and librarians. Matthiews enlisted two important allies: Frederic G. Melcher, the visionary editor of Publishers Weekly, and Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children's Works at the New York Public Library and a major figure in the library world.”
“With the help of Melcher and Moore, in 1916, the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association sponsored a Good Book Week with the Boy Scouts of America. In 1944, the newly established Children's Book Council assumed responsibility for administering Children's Book Week.” In 2008, Every Child a Reader took over administration of Children’s Book Week.
The work of this year’s poster artist, David Wiesner, is a delight. His 1992 “Tuesday” book and his 2002 book “Free Fall” won the Caldecott Medal. “Sector 7” and “Free Fall,” two of his other books were designated Caldecott Honor Books. Last year, he won the Children’s Choice Book Awards’ Illustrator of the Year Award for “Art & Max.” He’s been honored with numerous international honors for his creative works, as well.
Like the Children’s Book Council Foundation, Big Universe Learning believes, “A great nation is a reading nation,” and we are doing our part to advocate literacy and provide good online children’s picture books.
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