May 9, 2010

Children's Book Week - May 10-16

National Book Week began in 1919 and this year marks the the 91st observance of National Book Week.  Official book week events will be hosted in 10 cities across the United States this year including Atlanta GA, Chicago IL, Houston TX, Minneapolis MN, New York NY, San Jose CA, St Louis MO, St Paul MN, Sebastopol CA, and Webster Groves MO.  Local Events

On Tuesday, May 11th, the Children's Choice Book Awards Gala will be held in New York City during which this year's Children's Choice Book Awards will be announced.  The Children's Choice Book Awards is the only national child-chosen book award.

"A great nation is a reading nation" is a quote by Frederick Melcher, the editor of Publishers Weekly, who along with Anne Carroll Moore, the Superintendent of Children's Works at the New York Public Library, and Franklin Matthiews started National Book week.  Franklin Matthiews who in 1913, while acting as the librarian for the Boy Scouts of American began touring the country to promote higher standards in children's books.  In 1916 the Boy Scouts partnered with the American Book Association and the American Library Association in sponsoring Good Book Week.

Thank you to everyone who promotes children's books and for making book week a great time of the year.  We look forward to learning the winners of the 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards and we salute Franklin Matthiews for starting this grand tradition.

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