Book Week Events

Every Child a Reader is inviting everyone to celebrate Children’s Book Week May 2-8, 2022 from wherever you are!

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with these in-person and virtual events taking place from May 2-8. Please be mindful of timezones! Check back in regularly as we continue to add more. Don’t forget to explore all of our free resources for Book Week and join our How Do You Book Challenge to be directly involved!


Virtual Events – Spring Children’s Book Week Events (by date)

Daily:

Monday, May 2:

Tuesday, May 3:

  • 5:00 PM ET: Author event with Chris Van Dusen (Big Truck Little Island) on Facebook, hosted by Little Shop of Stories. Find more information here.
  • 8:00 PM ET: Panel discussion with The Renegades of Middle Grade (a group consisting of 14 middle grade authors) via Zoom, hosted by The Country Bookshop. RSVP here.

Wednesday, May 4:

  • 6:30 PM ET: In-conversation event on Facebook and YouTube with Naomi White-Dunsen, Raykel & Larent Tolson, Aesha LaViolette, Kevin B. Edwards, and Kerwyn S. Phillip to discuss books that they each have written. Find more information here.

Thursday, May 5:

  • 5:00 PM ET: Author event with Nina LaCour (Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle) on Facebook, hosted by Little Shop of Stories. Find more information here.
  • 7:00 PM CT: In-conversation event with author Kathryn (K.E.) Ormsbee and illustrator Molly Brooks (Growing Pangs) on Crowdcast, hosted by The Book Stall. Find more information here.

Friday, May 6:

Saturday, May 7:

  • 4:00 PM ET: Indies UNITE panel with Kevin Maillard, Raúl the Third, Andrea Wang, Cheryl Chepulsova, Michael Genhart to discuss food and culture in children’s books. Find more information here.

In-Person – Spring Children’s Book Week Events (by state)

Alabama:

  • Wednesday, May 4:
    • Bluff Park Elementary School; Hoover, AL: Author event with Heather L. Montgomery (What’s in Your Pocket? Collecting Nature’s Treasures)

Arizona:

  • Wednesday, May 4:
    • 3:15 PM PT: Bookmans Entertainment Exchange; Phoenix, AZ: Story time author event with Sasha Graham (Whitney Wins Everything: A Tiny Ninja Book). Find more information here.
  • Saturday, May 7:
    • 1:00 PM PT: Bookmans Entertainment Exchange; Phoenix, AZ: Story time and activity author event with Rodo Sofranac (The Red Tail Tale on the Arizona Trail). Find more information here.

California:

  • Monday, May 2:
    • All Day: Huntington Beach Public Library; Huntington Beach, CA: Children invited to write a letter to their favorite character from a pre-selected list of six. Find more information here.
  • Wednesday, May 4:
    • 7:00 PM PT: Children’s Book World; Los Angeles, CA: Author/Illustrator event with Jennifer George, Brandon Snider, Ed Steckley (The New Switcheroo (Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines #2)). Find more information here.
  • Thursday, May 5:
  • Sunday, May 8:
    • 3:15 PM PT: Bay Area Book Festival; Berkeley, CA: Panel with Pamela Turner (How to Build a Human: In Seven Evolutionary Steps). Find more information here.

Colorado:

  • Saturday, May 7:
    • 10:00 AM MT: Inklings Bookstore; Holyoke, CO: Story time and activity over Little Wonder by Claire Keane (Author not present). Find more information here.

Connecticut:

  • Saturday, May 7:
    • 10:00 AM ET: Kent Memorial Library; Suffield, CT: Book Giveaway and author event with Hunter Liguore (Whole World Inside Nan’s Soup). Find more information here.

Florida:

  • Saturday, May 7:
    • 10:30 AM ET: LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System – Northeast Branch; Tallahassee, FL: Story time event geared toward children ages 3-6 and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome! Find more information here.

Georgia:

  • Sunday, May 1:
    • 5:00 PM ET: Little Shop of Stories; Decatur, GA: In conversation event with Laurel Snyder and Dan Santat (Endlessly Ever After). Find more information here.
  • Tuesday, May 3:

Illinois:

  • Tuesday, May 3:

Nebraska:

New York:

  • Tuesday, May 3:
    • 6:30 PM ET: Anderson-Lee Library; Silver Creek, NY: Family pajama story time with Margaret Wise Brown books. Find more information here.
  • Friday, May 6:
    • Floyd Cooper Day Celebration: New York Botanical Garden; The Bronx, NY: Where’s Rodney story trail at the Everrett Children’s Adventure Garden, this day or anytime throughout May.
  • Saturday, May 7:
    • 11:00 AM ET: Anderson-Lee Library; Silver Creek, NY: Story time (Be Kind to Animals). Find more information here.
    • 1:00 PM ET: Ashker’s Cafe; Niagara Falls, NY: Author event with Judy Bradbury (The Case of the Messy Message and the Missing Facts, Book 3 of the Cayuga Island Kids series, as well as Books 1 and 2: The Mystery of the Barking Branches and the Sunken Ship and The Adventure of the Big Fish by the Small Creek). Find more information here.
    • 3:00 PM ET: The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza; Albany, NY: Panel with Linda MacRitchie Graf and Kate McCarroll Moore (Treasure in the Trunk: A Wordless Picture Book, Elinormal and New Girl: The Further Adventures of Elinormal). Find more information here.

North Carolina:

  • Friday, May 6:
    • 11:00 AM ET: Floyd Cooper Day Celebration: Main Street Books; Davidson, NC: Floyd Cooper Day Story time with Tameka Fryer Brown
    • Floyd Cooper Day Celebration: Quail Ridge Books; Raleigh, NC: Kelly Starling Lyons, co-founder of the Brown Bookshelf, is reading three of Floyd’s books for a special story time

Maine:

  • Saturday, May 7:
    • 10:00 AM ET: Owl & Turtle Bookshop; Camden, ME: Author event with Chris Van Dusen (Big Truck Little Island). Find more information here.

Massachusetts:

  • Monday, May 2:
  • Tuesday, May 3:
    • 5:00 PM ET: Blue Bunny Books; Dedham, MA: Story time and in-conversation event with Michael Sampson (Armadillo Antics) and Peter Reynolds. Find more information here.

Oklahoma:

  • Friday, May 6:
    • 6:00 PM CT: Floyd Cooper Day Celebration: Hardesty Regional Library; Tulsa, OK: Nikki Grimes, one of the readers for the Floyd Cooper Read-Aloud video series, will accept the Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers’ Literature 

Oregon:

Pennsylvania:

  • Thursday, May 5:
    • Please Touch Museum; Philadelphia, PA: Author/Illustrator event with Jennifer George, Brandon Snider, Ed Steckley (The New Switcheroo (Rube Goldberg and His Amazing Machines #2)

South Carolina:

Tennessee:

  • Tuesday, May 3:

Texas:

  • Tuesday, May 3:
    • 11:30 AM CT: Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas, TX: Pre-recorded video being shown of an author story time with Michael Sampson (Armadillo Antics). Find more information here.

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