This year’s Children's Book Week, organized by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader was held May 2–8. Across the country, bookstores and librarians hosted authors, story times, and engaged young readers in activities. See photos from events all over, including readings with authors Gene Luen Yang, Raina Telgemeier, Nick Bruel, and many more.

The Children’s Book Week kickoff party at New York City’s Jefferson Market Library on May 2 drew in authors (from l. to r.) Eric Velasquez, Sarah Beth Durst, Nancy Krulik, Alan Katz, Susan Verde, Kevin Lewis, Louis Henry Mitchell (kneeling center), Nick Bruel, Phil Bildner, and Meghan McCarthy. Photo: the CBC.

One young reader gets a book to fill her new CBW tote bag. Next to her is the event’s official poster, designed by Brian Won.

Author-publisher Jo Mach of Finding My Way Books (not shown) was joined by a representative of the Topeka Zoo (and her slithering companion) during a visit to the Silver Lake Library in Kansas. Photo: Silver Lake Library.

The Storybook Shoppe in Bluffton, S.C., hosted story time with a local fire fighter. Photo: The Storybook Shoppe.

The Prairie West Branch Library in Sioux Falls, S.D., hosted a “May the Folds Be with You,” a Star Wars-themed origami event. Photo: Siouxland Libraries.

Ronald L. Smith, author of Hoodoo, ran a workshop with young writers at the Children’s Bookstore in Baltimore, Md. Photo: JoAnn Fruchtman.

A Wild Rumpus broke out at Village Books in Bellingham, Wash. Photo: Amy Blackwood.

Young readers got to color and snack on cookies with Splat the Cat at Tattered Corners in Meadville, Pa. Photo: Beth Heuchert.

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat visited Crossroads School in Los Angeles. Photo: Children’s Book World.

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang and fellow graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier struck a pose at a Children’s Book Week Anchor Event at the San Francisco Public Library.

A representative from Bookworks Albuquerque joins Curious George on The Morning Brew talk show on UABQ 27. Photo: The Morning Brew.

Watermark Books and Café in Wichita, Kans., receive a visit from Mo Willems’s Elephant & Piggie. Photo: Melissa Fox.

Indoors at Watermark, readers participated in a Book Scavenger hunt. Photo: Robin Templin.