Children's Book Week

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Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! The 2020 Children’s Book Week will take place with two dedicated weeks of celebration, May 4-10 and November 9-15!

Activity Kits, Resources and Author Videos

Add some Color: In celebration of Children’s Book Week 2020, enjoy some coloring pages done by authors and illustrators including Greg Pizzoli, Katie O’Neill, and Maria Gulemetova!

Authors Everywhere: Fun youtube activities such as drawing and writing prompts with authors and illustrators such as Diane Magras and Grace Lin!

A Castle Full of Cats: Author and illustrator Ruth Sanderson reads her children’s picture book A Castle Full of Cats.

Chris Van Doodles: Do you love author/illustrator Chris Van Dusen? Join him and learn how to draw Mercy Watson and more!

Creative Bravery: Erin Entrada Kelly (Newbery Award winning author of Hello, Universe) has tips for being brave through creativity!

Creativity Camp: Free writing, drawing and storytelling classes from award winning author/illustrator Arree Chung

Draw Everyday With JJK: follow Jarrett J. Krosoczka (of the famous Lunch Lady comics and Jedi Academy as well as many others) with his draw every day segments on youtube!

Fail-Safe Videos: Stephan Pastis (the author of Timmy Failure) teaches you how to draw Timmy and friends.

Finish This Comic from Jarrett Lerner - a selection of half finished comics for the graphic novel illustrator in you! Some amazing writing prompts too!

Fun Stuff: Tons of downloadable bookmarks, activities, and more for 2020 Book Week events.

Host a party with the Princess in Black!

Join Mercy Watson with seven fun activities here.

Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems: Join Mo (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!) and have some great fun doodling and learning about art!

My First Book Club: Candlewick Press is launching an exciting new venture! Showcasing handpicked titles ideal for early readers alongside custom resources including discussion questions, word scrambles, group activities, and more to help deepen children’s engagement with the books. Explore, discover, imagine and share!

A Friend for Mole: Use this activity kit and join Mole on an adventure and explore themes of friendship, trust, and overcoming fears through creative problem solving from Peachtree Publishing. 

Scavenger Hunt Story from Birgitta Sif - great for any age to inspire a creative story!

Translation Activities: This year’s theme, Read. Dream. Share., has been translated into 12 languages. There are different activities you can do with each language. If you finish with these, adapt any activity to any of the languages you can share by posting on social media using #BookWeek2020atHome.

Writing Tips from Kate DiCamillo: Now is the perfect time to work on that story that you’ve always wanted to write. Join two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo as she offers up tips and writing advice.