The 95th annual Children’s Book Week took place May 12–18, with booksellers, librarians, authors, and, of course, children, celebrating books and reading at venues across the country. For the first time in the initiative’s history, Children’s Book Week events were hosted in all 50 states. Here we present a sampling of the festivities.
A storytelling event at the Juneau Public Libraries during the University of Alaska Southeast Community Day. More than 100 young readers attended, ages 2–18. Photo: Juneau Public Libraries.
Young readers showed off their favorite books. Photo: Juneau Public Libraries.
Celebrating the week at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor, Mich. Photo: Lynn Pellerito Riehl.
At the annual Jonah S. Eskin Memorial Lecture, presented by the Young Readers Center and the Center for the Book, author Lois Lowry talked with Nikki Silver, producer of the forthcoming movie adaptation of The Giver, about how a book is turned into a film. Photo: Amanda Reynolds for the Library of Congress.
At Warwick’s in San Diego, more than 50 children and adults joined author-illustrator Anna Dewdney to ask questions and watch her draw.
Kids dressed up for a book release party at Book People in Moscow, Idaho, for The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, which featured a Skype visit from the author/illustrator. Photo: Morgan Gardiner.
At a May 14 gala co-hosted by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, the Children’s Choice Book Awards were announced. We showed all the winners last week; now see some of the glamorous attendees.
Jon Scieszka and Nicole Russo. Photo: Natural Expressions.
Agents Barry Goldblatt and Rosemary Stimola. Photo: Natural Expressions.
From l.: Nancy Gallt, Suzanne Murphy, Stephanie Lurie, and Seale Ballenger. Photo: Natural Expressions.
CBC executive director Robin Adelson (center), with Katherine Lyons (l.) and Melissa Stoller. Photo: Natural Expressions.
Members of the target audience are always a welcome sight at this annual event. Photo: Natural Expressions.
Sophie Blackall, Chad Beckerman, John Bemelmans Marciano, and Sergio Ruzzier. Photo: Natural Expressions.
Julia Eccleshare, Allison Devlin, and Tim Ditlow. Photo: Natural Expressions.
For the second year, the Children’s Book Council partnered with the ABC Children’s Group at ABA for a Children’s Book Week display contest. The winner will be announced on May 27, but in the meantime, check out these inventive bookstore displays.
From Phoenix Books in Essex, Vt.
From Wellesley Books in Wellesley, Mass.
From Teaching Toys and Books in Tacoma, Wash.
From Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.
That’s it for Children’s Book Week – see you next year!