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Children's Book Week

May 13, 2013

Do books inspire you? Do you get lost in stories of magic and adventure, vampires and corrupt societies? America's annual Children's Book Week celebrates all of this and more from May 13th -19th, 2013. So get involved!

It's been nearly a century since Children's Book Week began encouraging literacy in youth. Established in 1919, this annual event celebrates reading and literature written for kids and teens. Reading is an experience unlike any other. It takes you away from your everyday life, and delivers you into a different world. You blend the author's words with your imagination to create a place that is uniquely your own. If you're someone who cherishes this experience, then participate in Children's Book Week with those who share your passion for books.

Get Involved

Children's Book Week is celebrated at so many venues across America, including schools, bookstores, libraries and participating websites. Check out the CBW's website for giveaways, contests, festivals and other events near you. Or ask your teacher to plan a day to celebrate this annual event. You could share quotes or create skits based on your favorite books, dress up like your favorite literary characters, or have a potluck lunch where each of your classmates brings a food from a book, such as Hagrid's famous rock cakes in Harry Potter.

Children's Choice Book Awards

Another interactive component to Children's Book Week is the Children's Choice Book Awards. These awards allow kids and teens to vote for their favorite books in all age groups, as well as their favorite authors and illustrators. Each year, CBW hosts a charity gala honoring the winners and nominees. Unfortunately, the polls are closed for this year, but you can always vote next year! Here are the 2013 finalists:

Book of the Year: Kindergarten to Second Grade

  • Big Mean Mike by Michelle Knudsen
  • The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems
  • I'll Save You Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
  • Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin
  • Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta

Book of the Year: Third to Fourth Grade

  • Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel
  • Get the Scoop on Animal Poop! by Dawn Cusick
  • Homer by Shelley Rotner
  • Just Joking by National Geographic Kids
  • Pluto Visits Earth! by Steve Metzger

Book of the Year: Fifth to Sixth Grade

  • Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renee Russell
  • Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
  • Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker
  • Rebel McKenzie by Candice Ransom
  • Stickman Odyssey, Book 2: The Wrath of Zozimos by Christopher Ford

Teen Book of the Year

  • Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) by Marissa Meyer
  • City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  • Rapture: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate

Author of the Year

  • John Green for The Fault in Our Stars
  • Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel
  • R. J. Palacio for Wonder
  • Rick Riordan for The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)
  • Veronica Roth for Insurgent

Illustrator of the Year

  • James Dean for Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
  • Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama Time to Share
  • Ian Falconer for Olivia and the Fairy Princesses
  • Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet
  • Mo Willems for The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

Have Your Say

How will you spend Children's Book Week? And which books, authors and illustrators would you have voted for? Tell us in our comment section below!

 

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LUCYQWERTY123
LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Random:
"Nisya-" wrote:It would be a... super-fast-wings so I could fly anywhere and anytime :D SAME!!!! :punk 8) :D [s:p/zxl]
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irisboulevard
irisboulevard posted in Random:
Teleportation. 
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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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