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About

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, young people across the country participate by attending events at schools, libraries, bookstores, celebrating at home, and engaging with book creators both online and in person. The 2024 Children’s Book Week will take place during two dedicated weeks of celebration, May 6-12 and November 4-10!

To learn more about participating this year:

  • Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Receive emails about all our 2024 Book Week plans by signing up for our email list here.
  • Stay tuned for big announcements and resources in early 2024!

History

Children’s Book Week originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He 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 who believed that “a great nation is a reading nation,” 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, Children’s Book Week moved from November to May. At that time, the administration of Children’s Book Week, including planning official events and creating original materials, was transferred to Every Child a Reader, CBC’s charitable arm.

In 2019, the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book week was celebrated.

2024 Children’s Book Week Highlights:

Exciting new resources and materials are being created now. What to expect?

  • Official Poster — poster and activities by an award-winning artist, author, and illustrator and inspired by the 2024 slogan, No Rules. Just Read.
  • Bookmarks — Exclusive bookmarks by six prominent children’s book illustrators.
  • Draw Characters — new Children’s Book Week drawing pages featuring characters from your favorite children’s book illustrators.
  • No Rules Challenge — a new challenge where kids can discover that reading has no rules.
  • Spring Preparations – all the Spring Children’s Book Week resources.
  • Resources For Locations — resources for schools, libraries, and bookstores.
  • Resources For Home — activities for kids and readers at home.
  • Resources For Publishers — resources for publishers and book creators.
  • Floyd Cooper Day — Keep his legacy alive with book read-alouds of Floyd-illustrated books on Memorial Day, the Tulsa Race Massacre, and Juneteenth.
  • Educator Kit — activities that remind young readers that reading has no rules.
  • Fall Preparations – all the Fall Children’s Book Week resources.
  • Anna Dewdney Read Together Award — picture book prize in honor of the late author and illustrator.

More Resources and FAQs

Everything you need to know about our upcoming celebration!

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