In 2021, Children’s Book Week will celebrate its 102nd anniversary. We will celebrate with two weeks of events in 2021; May 3 to 9 and November 8 to 14. Both of 2021’s celebrations will offer resources and celebration ideas to support teachers, librarians, booksellers, and all educators as they continue to work with kids and lift up their communities. Free resources, downloadable materials, and creative ideas will specifically encourage kids to become actively involved in celebrating Children’s Book Week and connecting with their communities in whatever ways are safe.
Children’s Book Week was launched in 1919 and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. In 2019, the 100th anniversary, over 2,000 libraries, bookstores, and schools hosted Book Week story times, activity hours, and more. Learn more about Children’s Book Week here.
Children’s Book Week is not only a celebration of books, but of connection. It is a vehicle to unite kids and adults with books, authors, and illustrators in order to foster a love of reading. As we all take the recommended measures to keep ourselves and loved ones safe, we are adjusting and expanding our celebration plans to allow individuals, small groups, and whole communities to take part in ways that are safe for them. Check out our celebration ideas.
New materials and ideas for 2021 to support virtual events and online communications with your community are here. We are asking locations to register again this year as a simple pledge to participate in whatever way makes sense, even if that means sharing resources and ideas through newsletters, virtual discussions, and social media.
We invite all book creators to join in on their social media channels during the week. You can post videos, do a live stream story time, answer fan questions, and more. Tag your posts with #BookWeekSuperpower so readers everywhere can find the special things you are doing during the week. You can also set up virtual visits with schools, bookstores, and libraries. See all our participation ideas.
Every Child a Reader has created some great resources to use and share:
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What is Children’s Book Week and how can you join in the celebrations?
Tons of downloadable bookmarks, activities, and more for 2021 Book Week events.
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Resources for our May 3-9, 2021 Book Week.
Information about our partners.