Frequently Asked Questions
What is Children’s Book Week and when does it take place?
In 2017, Children’s Book Week will take place from May 1-7 across the country. Children’s Book Week, an annual celebration of books for kids and teens, was launched in 1919 and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This year, the 98th anniversary, over 500 libraries, bookstores and schools will host Book Week story times, activity hours, and more. Learn more here.
How can schools, libraries, and bookstores participate in this national celebration?
Sign up online with this simple form and you will be registered as an official Children’s Book Week event. Begin planning your event for some time during the week of May 1-7 and publicize that event with your local media. We will provide you with a local media press release template and some great resources to help you plan. Feel free to host as simple or as elaborate a celebration as you would like.
Official event locations agree to the following:
- To host a Children’s Book Week story time, activity event, or author/illustrator event.
- To publicize your event with local media; we will provide a press release template for you to use.
- To host voting for the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only book awards chosen only by kids and teens, and enter the votes into our group ballot.
- To answer a short survey afterwards.
Every Child a Reader will provide the following:
- National publicity.
- Book Week posters with activities, featuring original art by Christian Robinson.
- Downloadable resources, including Book Week bookmarks with art by four prominent illustrators, and an original Every Child a Reader graphic novel.
- A voting process for the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards.
- 50 prizes for display contest winners, one per state.
- A national book donation campaign that we will organize.
How can other community organizations participate?
Due to the cost of shipping materials, we ask that community organizations partner with their local bookstore, school, or library to host an event. Email us at Shaina.email@example.com
for more info.
How can authors and illustrators get involved?
Authors and illustrators across the country are invited to participate in Children’s Book Week by being a part of an event. You can do that by one of two ways.
- Work with your publisher: Going on tour during Book Week? Talk to your publisher about branding your events as Book Week celebrations. Let them know you are interested in scheduling a Book Week specific event during the week.
- Reach out to your local library, school, or bookstore: Work directly with a location in your area to create or be a part of an event during Children’s Book Week.
Make sure that the event location registers online
so they receive free posters and access to other exclusive resources and support.
How can I find an author or illustrator to attend my event during Children’s Book Week?
We ask all participants to contact a local author or illustrator to participate in your Children’s Book Week event(s).
What resources are available to me and where can I find them?
Every Child a Reader has created some great resources to aid you in your event planning and promotion. Explore them all here. Resources include:
- Official Children’s Book Week poster & activities
- Official Children’s Book Week printable bookmarks
- Local media press release template
- Event promotion flyer
- Printable voting ballots for the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards
- Event idea sheets to help you plan your celebration, tailored to your location type: school, library, bookstore
What are the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards?
Launched in 2008, the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards are the only national book awards voted on only by kids and teens. The 2017 awards feature four categories:
- Kindergarten to 2nd Grade Book of the Year
- 3rd to 4th Grade Book of the Year
- 5th to 6th Grade Book of the Year
- Teen Book of the Year
Both the finalists and winners are chosen by kids across the country. Find out more about the finalist selection process here.
In 2017, voting will be open from February 28 to May 7.
How can I host voting in my store, school or library?
See our Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards event kit (coming soon) for details on how to host voting at your location. A handy group ballot will be available for adults to enter large numbers of votes.