Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes-any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book related events.
It all began with the idea that children's books can change lives. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children's books. He proposed creating a Children's Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.
And with every book week, there are Children's Book nominees where kids, teens, and teachers/librarians get to vote for their favorite books of the year. Here are this year's winners!
3rd - 4th ~ Spooky Cemeteries by Dinah Williams
5th - 6th ~ Thirteen by Lauren Myracle
Teen Choice Book of the Year ~ Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Author of the Year ~ Stephenie Meyer for Breaking Dawn
Illustrator of the Year ~ Jon J. Muth for Zen Ties
Congrats to the winners and I hope everyone enjoys their Children's Book Week by reading wonderful books!