NEW YORK, April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Launched in 1919 in celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Excitement for the 98th annual Children's Book week has grown to include over 700 participating libraries, schools, and bookstores in all 50 states, with many locations holding two to five events throughout the week, including story times, author readings, activity hours, and book award voting. Elmo, the beloved Sesame Street character, has recorded a video for kids this year about the joy of reading and voting.
Locations and details for events being held during Children's Book Week, sponsored by the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader, are listed on an online map found at EveryChildaReader.net/map.
At the same time, voting for the 10th annual Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards, the only national book awards chosen solely by young readers, will end on May 7, the final day of Children's Book Week. Kids and teens across the nation have been voting online at EveryChildaReader.net/vote, and the winners will be announced live on May 31 in New York City at BookExpo, the national book trade show. Teachers can also submit group ballots for an entire class online.
This year's slogan, "One World, Many Stories," is highlighted by a poster designed by the acclaimed artist Christian Robinson. Downloadable resources include original bookmarks, event kits, activity sheets, "I Voted" stickers, and much more. Also new this year: a free Sesame Street picture book and a Children's Book Week Comic. Go to EveryChildaReader.net.
About Every Child a Reader & the Children's Book Council
Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens. Every Child a Reader's national programs include Children's Book Week, the Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards, and the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature program (in conjunction with the Library of Congress). The Children's Book Council is the nonprofit trade association for children's book publishers in North America, partnering with national organizations on reading lists, educational programming, and diversity initiatives.
Carl Lennertz, Executive Director
CBC/Every Child a Reader
The Boltion Group Public Relations
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SOURCE Children's Book Council