Ten activities for children's book week!

7:20 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

Celebrated since 1919, Children's Book Week is dedicated to spreading the word about children's literature and encouraging the joy of reading. Children's Book Week is celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes-any place where there are children and books. Children’s Book Week encourages children to enjoy new authors and books, and celebrate children’s literature with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other literacy events in your school and community. There are so many ways to celebrate this special event. Here are a few...

1. Create your own books and stories. Use the Story Starters at the official Children's Book Week website or begin from scratch in a blank book.

2. Somehow, "book review" sounds better than "book report." Hold a contest asking students to submit 75-word reviews of their favorite books. Post the reviews in the library, on the class website, or in the school paper.

3. Celebrate children's books by holding a 'study an author' day, pick a favorite book to discuss for the week, or arrange for a local author to visit.

4. Dress up as children's book characters. Be a favorite Dr. Seuss character or even a wild thing!

5. Have a poetry festival. Each student can bring in and read a favorite poem, or create one of his/her own.

6. Hold a Story Writing Contest. Students can even design their own book covers with the book cover creator at ReadWriteThink.org.

7. Donate books to a local family shelter or children's hospital, or take a trip, so students can read to patients in a hospital or residents in a nursing home.

8. Raise money to help a library, school, or day care center in your area to buy books. This is an excellent way to strengthen your town through community involvement.

9. Create a book swap. Do you have any children's books your kids don't read any more or have outgrown? Consider swapping with other parents who might also be bored with their collections.

10. Check out the winners of the Children's Choice book awards who will be announced tomorrow at the official children's book week website.
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