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Celebrate Children's Book Week

Janelle Cox

Celebrate Children's Book WeekChildren's Book Week begins Monday, May 13!

The week-long event is an annual celebration of books written for young people, and hopes to inspire a love of reading. Schools, libraries, and communities across the country host numerous events and activities that connect readers with books and celebrate the joy of reading.

The official 2013 Children's Book Week bookmark, left, was created by Grace Lin, a New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Newbery Honor for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. You can print out the Children's Book Week bookmark on heavy duty paper and have students cut it out.

Here are a few more ways you can celebrate this longstanding tradition in your classroom:

A Book Cover Contest - A fun and creative way to engage your students is to have them create a cover for their favorite book. Display the book covers in the hallway and have students vote on the best looking cover.

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Character Dress Up - For this activity, have the class vote to determine which children's book is the class favorite. Then, on a predetermined day, have students come to school dressed as their favorite character from the book. For an extension of this activity, students can parade down the hallway or act out a scene from the story.

Book Buddies - During Children's Book Week, a fun way to motivate reluctant readers is to select students from a higher grade to come in your classroom and be a "book buddy." Partner students together and have them take turns reading a book.

Author Day - Host an author day where you invite a local author to come visit your classroom. A few days before "Author Day", have students read books about the author and research his/her background. Then, on the day of the event, select a few students to ask the author a few predetermined questions (that the whole class came up with).

Host a Book Exchange - A classroom book exchange is a great way for students to access "new" books without having to pay for them. Have each student bring in two used books to exchange with their classmates. A fun way for younger students to exchange the books is to play the game "hot potato." When the music stops, whatever book is in the child's hands is their new book. Older students can exchange books by secret ballot. However you choose to exchange the books, students will be sure to enjoy having something new to read!

A Book Treasure Hunt - During Book Week, plan a classroom treasure hunt where students must follow the clues to get to the treasure. Create clues based on the children's books they are reading in class.

Re-Create a Children's Classic - Create a new version of a children's classic storybook. As a class, choose a favorite story and have students come up with a new version. Students can either recreate the whole book or come up with alternate endings.

How do you celebrate Children's Book Week? We would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment in the section below; you never know how your suggestions might inspire someone!


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