Frequently Asked Questions

What is Children’s Book Week and when does it take place?

In 2018, Children’s Book Week will take place from April 30 to May 6 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. In 2018, the 99th anniversary, over 700 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 (available in 2018) and some great resources (available in 2018) to help you plan. Feel free to host as simple or as elaborate a celebration as you would like.

Why Should You Sign Up?

  • You’ll be included in our national publicity campaign and publishers will be updated
  • Your location and event details will be listed on our national event map
  • Your young students, patrons, and customers will get to vote in the 11th Annual Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards — the only national book awards chosen only by kids and teens
  • You can enter a display contest to win books to donate to a local charity

How to Participate

  • Sign up online to be a part of the 99th annual Children’s Book Week (April 30 – May 6, 2018)
  • Host and publicize a Children’s Book Week story time, activity hour, or author/illustrator event – you can even rename a story time or already scheduled event
  • Host voting for the book awards and enter the votes into our online group ballot
  • Spread the word about Book Week via your social media platforms using #cbw18, and our press release template (Coming in 2018)
  • Give us feedback afterwards by participating in a short survey

Participants Receive

  • Book Week posters with activities, featuring original art by Jillian Tamaki
  • Access to downloadable resources, including 5 different Book Week bookmarks with art by prominent illustrators, and copies of an original Every Child a Reader comic book
  • Access to special event kits from publishers
  • A press release template

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 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 in 2018. 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 2018 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 2018, voting will be open from March 1 to May 6.

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.

What is Children’s Book Week and how can you join in the celebrations?

Press release templates, logos, and more for promoting 2017 Children's Book Week and the Book Awards.

Tons of downloadable bookmarks, activities, and more for 2017 Book Week events!

Information about our partners.