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Children’s Book Week, May 11 – 17, 2009

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 11, 2009

2009-CBW-Poster The following news is from the Children’s Book Week Digital Toolkit


Celebrate Children’s Book Week in YOUR Community!

  • Host a “Dress as Your Favorite Book Character” party!

Always wanted to be a Wimpy Kid? Know someone with a blue coat just like Madeleine’s? Is there a Fancy Nancy among your patrons? An Olivia? How about a monster from Where the Wild Things Are? The possibilities are endless—and the fun will be too!

All it takes is a striped top-hat and a bow-tie . . . and magically, you’re transformed into the Cat in the Hat! Draw a purple lightning bolt on your forehead, and you’re Harry Potter! Know some Twilight fans? Encourage them to show off their devotion to Bella, Edward— or Jacob—by dressing as their favorite character from the series.

  • You’ve Dressed the Part—Now Play the Part with these Suggested Activities!

• Charade Parade: Give everyone the chance to show off their costumes by parading one by one in front of the group. As each character takes their turn, they can silently act out scenes from the book they’re representing—and the crowd can shout out book titles until someone guesses the right one!
• Guess the Character: Try to guess each other’s character costumes. Need some help? Repeat a line your character is known for saying.
• Tell the Tale: Give everyone the chance to vote on which story they’d like to hear read aloud from among the Children’s Choice Book Award nominees. Or, if you’re holding your event after the awards have been announced, read an excerpt from each of the winning books! Divide up the choices by age group, just like the Children’s Choice nominees are divided: Kindergarten to Second Grade; Third-Fourth Grade; Fifth-Sixth Grade; and Teens.
• Celebrate the Right to Vote! Distribute “I Voted!” stickers to everybody who voted for their favorite books in the Children’s Choice Book Awards.
• Book Exchange: Encourage everyone to bring a copy of their character’s books with them—and then they can share their books with anyone who doesn’t recognize their character!

For more information and fun stuff, visit: www.bookweekonline.com


The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Great Web Sites for Kids, is a resource devoted to children’s literacy. We publish reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. We also produce author and illustrator interviews and share literacy based articles that help parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians to grow readers. This article was written and provided by one of TCBR's regular contributors.

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