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May 9, 2013 — by Kim Mattingly
The 94th celebration of Children’s Book Week will be held May 13-19, 2013. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Administered by the literacy organization Every Child a Reader and funded in part by the Children’s Book Council, Children’s Book Week celebrates books for young people and promotes the joy of reading.
During Children’s Book Week, the 6th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala will take place on May 13th at the Liberty Theater in New York City. Children’s book author Lisa Yee will host the awards ceremony, and the awards are to be presented by popular authors Tomie dePaola, Henry Winkler, Lois Lowry, Meg Cabot, Katherine Applegate, Brian Selznick, and Walter Dean Myers. The Children’s Choice Book Awards are the only national book awards where the winners are chosen by children.
To celebrate Children’s Book Week, the Daviess County Public Library will be hosting a drop-in craft all day Wednesday, May 15th. Children ages 12 and younger are invited to make a leather bookmark to take home. In addition, regularly scheduled storytimes will take place on Monday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for children 0-5 and their parents or caregivers.
For more information about national programs occurring during Children’s Book Week visit www.bookweekonline.com.