I’m no math genius, but when I first learned of “Children’s Book Week” it occured to me that this left 51 other weeks in the year. So what are these, exactly? “Children’s Twitter Week?” “Children’s Junk Food Week?” “Children’s Tattoo Week?”
Let’s hope not — because if “Children’s Book Week” sets the bar, our children may soon be enjoying free nachos or sailor “tats.” Seems that Friends of the Phoenix Public Library is giving away free used books to children during “Children’s Book Week.”
“Children’s Book Week” was started in 1919 — the idea of Franklin K. Matthiews, librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, who toured the country promoting higher standards in children’s books.
Today it’s orchestrated by “Every Child a Reader,” the philanthropic arm of the children’s publishing industry.
How lovely to have a philanthropic enterprise that helps kids and boosts sales.
I’m all for running right out to buy the kiddies a slew of books, but why not head to the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix as well?
That’s where the small shop operated by Friends of the Phoenix Public Library is doing their used book giveaway. It’s a one-a-day deal (for readers 17 and younger) as long as the books last during “Children’s Book Week.” There’s a special book cart with teen selections.
“Children’s Book Week” runs May 2-8 — and is also being celebrated by participating bookstores throughout the country. In Arizona, special “Children’s Book Week” events are taking place at Tempe’s Changing Hands Bookstore, proud member (like Raising Arizona Kids Magazine) of Local First Arizona.
Click here to learn more about activities for children and teens at Changing Hands, and be sure to check with your own local bookstores and libraries to see what they’ve got planned during “Children’s Book Week.” There’s no “Grown-ups’ Book Week,” but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some reading of your own as well.
Children who see their parents reading get the message that reading is a fun way to spend a part of each day — and may just do more reading of their own. It can only help them do better in school and in life.
Note: While I have books on the brain, I’m pleased to report that the musical “The Book of Mormon” has been nominated for 14 Tony Awards. Click here for a list of all nominations announced this morning. To enjoy a lovely bit of family-friendly music closer to home, head to Chandler Center for the Arts Sat, May 7 at 7pm for the Chandler Children’s Choir “Singing Happily Ever After…” concert featuring music inspired by literary classics, plus poetry, fables, Shakespeare and more.
Coming up: Government rocks!