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Every Child a Reader | Children’s Book Week 2018 #CBW18

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I’ve always felt that this site and Children’s Book Week (#CBW18) go hand-in-hand. Jump into a Book has great activities for hundreds of books and I’ve hand-crafted each book adventure to instill a love of reading, adventure, and play.

Children’s Book Week, created by the non-profit, Every Child a Reader, understands that it is not enough for children to learn to read — it is essential that they enjoy their personal and shared reading experiences so that they will nurture those skills for the rest of their lives. Every Child a Reader’s vibrant national programs connect kids with their favorite books and authors to create meaningful experiences that will instill a lifelong love of reading at zero cost to kids and caregivers.

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!

Children’s Book Week originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers. 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.

Here are some fun and inventive ways your readers can enjoy their own book adventure and instill a love of reading, adventure, and play from April 30th- May 6th and beyond.

Children’s Book Week Resources, Swag, and Links

Bookmark Reveal: The 2018 Children’s Book Week Bookmarks Are In With Big Old Names Attached

Children's Book Week downloadable bookmarks

This year, the CBC was not content to settle on a single artist so they picked five instead to create memorable activities and printable for this wonderful week.  Available to print here, and here’s a sample:

Don Tate

CBW2018bookmark_DonTate-IMG copy

This year’s poster is designed by Jillian Tamaki, the co-creator of Caldecott Honor and Printz Award-winning This One Summer. The 2018 poster features this year’s Children’s Book Week slogan, “One World, Many Stories,” highlighting the power of books to unite readers of all backgrounds.

Children's Book Week 2018

For hi-res images please download them from our Dropbox here.

Read Aloud

Both CBW18 and JIAB also know that reading out loud to our kids and having them read out loud to us is also very beneficial.

But how about the activities that are inspired by the books we and our children read? The activities we engage in called “companion activities” or “book extensions” that bring the story to life and help kids become more involved in the stories that they read. Are these important?

YES. Activity around learning is nothing new-classrooms implement this practice daily. But the act of pulling activities from the pages of a favorite to deepen learning is a little less common. Yet something I have always believed in strongly.

That belief can be seen everywhere in the content of Jump Into a Book. Here, I write about the importance of collaborative play. When we weave play into the fabric of our everyday life, we open the door to transforming our relationships, our viewpoints and perspectives on creating happiness, and the joy of innovating with our children.

I write about experiencing and journey taken through the pages of our favorite children’s books. Through the process of experiencing and sharing our stories, our books and shared moments become a part of us, leading to creativity and collaborative problem-solving.

I write about taking books off the shelf, and stories off the pages.

I write about giving back whether through giveaways, book donations, Reading Is Fundamental, or through book charities such as Room to Read.

Welcome to the wonderful world of jumping into books.:)

I also love it when I see quality children’s books that take the extra step of including book-related activities and resources either in the back of the book or on the author’s website. Here are some examples:

Reading Rockets has some great thoughts on making books come to life HERE.

Kids Activities Blog has 100 crafts inspired by books…you KNOW there’s going to be some fun stuff there!

crafts inspired by books

My Head Elf, Becky, recently called my attention to a great book called Bat Count- A Citizen Science Story.

Bat Count 4-page For Creative Minds section in the back of the book and a 30-page cross-curricular Teaching Activity Guide online. Bat Count is vetted by experts and designed to encourage parental engagement. Its extensive back matter helps teachers with time-saving lesson ideas, provides extensions for science, math, and social studies units, and uses inquiry-based learning to help build critical thinking skills in young readers. The Spanish translation supports ELL and dual-language programs. The enhanced e-book reads aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, text engagement, and reading comprehension.

Author Resources that Bring Books Alive

Here is some amazing children’s book author who also have learning/reading inspired activities on their sites:

Jan Brett’s Activities

Toni Buzzeo’s Curriculum Guides

Dr. Oneeka Williams Dr. DeeDee Dynamo series has fun companion activities as well.

Beatrix Potter

Katie Davis’ Educator Freebies

Dianne de Las Casas’ Book Activities

Elizabeth Dulemba’s Activities

Dottie Enderle’s Activities

J.K Rowling’s Pottermore

Denise Fleming’s Activities

Bruce Hale’s Fun Stuff

Jennifer F and Jennifer J’s It’s A Jungle Out There (for Father Goose’s Books)

Eric Kimmel’s Hear a Story


Grace Lin’s Activities and Crafts

Wendy Martin’s Coloring Pages

ME! Inspired by my award-winning book, Dragons Area Real, I have a free gift for my fellow Dragon-lovers. Grab my FREE Downloadable Dragons Are Real Activity Guide below:

activity guide

Happy CBW18!

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Enjoy and I’ll see you next week. 🙂 Happy Reading !