Paging all readers -- it's Children's Book Week!
Every May we celebrate Children's Book Week, a time to salute and promote the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book-related events. Originally launched in 1919, the week often features special events at libraries and schools.
But we Mommas don't need to cede the celebration to the professionals. We know how important it is to read to our kids, and once they know how to read with them.
This is, in some ways, a golden age for kid-lit. Thanks to Harry Potter, the publishing industry has discovered this is a market to which they should cater. The list of finalists for Children's Author of the Year includes Florida's own Carl Hiaasen, author of "Scat"; Rick Riordan for the finale in his Percy Jackson series, "The Last Olympian," and Jeff Kinney, author of the hilarious "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series.
Here's a special bookmark that you can print out for your child to decorate with a picture of his or her favorite character, and here are some special word puzzles created just for Book Week. You might also like a website called Stacks that allows kids who like books to play free online games, test their book knowledge, try out writing activities, and express their opinions.And if you need some ideas for new books for your voracious readers, here's a list that teachers have compiled of the best 100 children's books.
If you're a new mom and want some tips on reading to your baby, here is some good advice from Scholastic. And if you need other ideas and resources, Scholastic has compiled a list of essential children's literature websites that should help.
So plunge into those pages, parents! A world of adventure awaits!
-- Sherry Robinson
Follow us on Twitter @WhoaMomma