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:

Every Child a Reader will provide the following:

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.

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:

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:

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.

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!

Our interactive map of participating 2017 Children's Book Week locations!

Information about our partners.

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Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) charity supported by individual donations, grants, foundations, and the Children’s Book Council, a resource of news for teachers, parents and all those advice about books for kids and teens, including a great guide to ‘best of’ book lists in many categories!