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Children’s Book Week, May 10-16

Children’s books can change lives. 

That was Franklin K. Matthiews’, librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, idea behind his proposal of Children’s Book Week in 1913 when he began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books.  With the help of Frederic G. Melcher, editor of Publishers Weekly,  and Anne Carroll Moore, American educator and advocate for children’s libraries, in 1916 the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association cooperated with the Boy Scouts in sponsoring a Good Book Week.

In 1944, the newly established Children’s Book Council assumed responsibility for administering Children’s Book Week.  In 2008, responsibility for Children’s Book Week, including planning official events and creativing original materials was transferred to Every Child A Reader, the philanthropic arm of the children’s publishing industry. 

Since 1919, Children’s Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores and homes to emphasize the valuable impact that reading can have on a child’s life.

This week, visit your local bookstore or library to remind your children of all the wonderful book choices that exist right at their fingertips.  Set some quality time aside with your young readers and discover something new between the pages of a book.

For more ideas on great ways to celebrate Children’s Book Week, visit where children can download their own bookmark, have fun with word searches and crossword puzzles, and explore recommendations for new books they haven’t yet read.

“A great nation is a reading nation.” -Frederic Melcher


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Hi, Bridgit,

As I mentioned in a prior comment (which you may or may not have received)you’d make a GREAT Childrens’ Librarian! Let me know if you haven’t received my prior comment on this.

Rev. Fordon

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