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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:
i turned 14 :D :punk
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CaptJolee
CaptJolee posted in Random:
sadly nope :P
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Tomboy_
Kaitlyn Age: 12  Bio: he was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. Her mother, Jessica Cadice was truly a woman with a heart of gold. while her husband, Anderson, a secret agent working for the English Spies Association. They own a Modern mansion in england.  Kaitlyn in the story, is explained with her personality and relationship with the butler, cook, maid, and others. Chapter 1  Kate was a girl of 12 years old. Kaitlyn, her name to be prefered, Woke up in the middle of the night. sweeping her covers to the side, she stepped out of bed, opening her window to breathe the fresh night air. Contrary to what she expected, the air was misty and very musty. She covered her nose. "In england, why must we be inside clouds at 1 am?  Kaitlyn went downstairs of the blackwell mansion. Her silk slippers made a rough sound over the dark grey carpet on the balcony. Looking over to the kitchen. She smells A fresh Peach pie. She automatically knew who made it. Mr. Baxster, the butler, loved pies. He owned a shop 1 street corner away from the mansion. Kaitlyn went down stairs to find the cook, Miss Laquel, obviously making a variety of pies. Pies scattered everywhere, Kaitlyn scratched her head. Why would mss Laquel make this many cakes at 1 am?   Chapter 2 Kaitlyn decided to investigate the scene. She heard her father talking about "investigating a scene" one time. She Looked for Any clues. She found a Silk blue notebook with a lock on it. She suspected Miss Laque had the key. Nonetheless, It was probably important, so she Hid it in the kitchen cupboard behind the stinky cheese spices. Dad never used them. Mom said they were taking up space. Dad always said he'll get rid of them soon. "Soon=Never. What a waste." She said, holding her nose. She opened one pie. "Ugh! What a horrible smell!" She screamed. The cook rubbed her eyes. "Huh? Who.. Nevermind. Now the pies. " Where was Kaitlyn? Hiding in the window curtain. "Mr. Baxster will LOVE these Pie samples for his bakery." She said in a suggestively Happy voice. She ran upstairs to her room to get dressed, after putting the pies To rest in her Home-sewed bag. She put the two samples of the stinky pie in the mouse trap. And then, she put the rest in the garden. Kaitlyn peeked out of the curtain. She held it up to make her way into the living room. "Roses eat pie?" She looked at the plants. "Ahh. Fertilizer Pie. Bón Appetit, flowers."   Chapter 3 Looking at the flowers covered in fertilizer, she realised she was wasting time. The clock said  I:oII which mother taught her was 1:02 am. She decided to catch up on sleep. It was to early to be awake. She ran up the stair to her bedroom. She ockked the door. tHen she realised.. Her bedroom balcony had been open. There were no signs or anyone in in the home. "Oh, it must be the wind" She shrugged . Which was quite reasonable because this wind was stronger than a mountain lion. Particularly tonight.  She put her robe on and made her way to the castle-like balcony. "What a dark night. Starry, beautiful" She lay there, on the balcony. "What a-" *yawn* She fell asleep on the balcony.
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SnowflakeAngelKitten
As I said, what you think is entirely up to you. I think soon I'll make a story saying my self-confidence. :rainbow
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heckinmemes
i have a feeling it's bad that i think your life is great compared to mine
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