10 Ways, 10 Books, & A Link Party to Celebrate Children's Book Week!

In honor of Children's Book Week (May 7-13), here's a simple list of things you can do to celebrate.  You probably already do lots of these things, but in case you haven't, this would be a great week to:

1. Get every child their own library card.
2. Give a book as a gift.
3. Do a book swap with a friend, classmate, or neighbor.
4. Do a fun craft or activity to go along with a favorite book. 
5. Dedicate a special bag for each child to take to the library.
6. Make a snack or meal related to a book (check out our book themed picnics!)
7. Put on a family play based on a favorite book.
8. Share one of your own childhood favorites.
9. Find a special place to read.  We love blanket forts!

10. Read one of these books about books (there are 10 here, I'd love to hear any you'd like to add):
  •  Wild About Books by Judy Sierra - In this fun rhyming story, librarian Molly McGrew takes her bookmobile to the library.  After reading them a story, the animals are wild to read more.  She finds the perfect match for each animal, even finding waterproof books for the otter who adores Harry Potter.
  • Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow - Mama has read 4 books to her 5 little monkeys and tells them lights out.  They can't resist reading a few books though.  During the sad book they weep so loudly that Mama has to come in.  The scary book and the joke book follow, eliciting shrieks and laughter from the monkeys and prompting return visits from Mama. When the monkeys finally settle down to sleep strange noises coming from down the hall cause them to investigate.  It's Mama reading the books!!  The rhyming, predictable text, and adorable illustrations make this a perfect book for preschoolers.
  • The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco - Grandpa shows Mary Ellen how the sweetness inside books must be worked for by taking her on a hunt for honey.  Perfect for children who are learning to read, especially those who might be struggling.
  • Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) by Barbara Bottner - Miss Brooks helps all the children in her class find books they love.  Missy is a tough customer, though, and dismisses them all until Miss Brooks finds her a book she loves too. 
  • Good Books, Good Times! by Lee Bennett Hopkins is a collection of great poems about the joys of reading.  Two of my favorites are "Give Me a Book" and "I Met a Dragon Face to Face".
  • The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting- As a birthday surprise for her father, Anna and her grandmother are working on their reading.  The twist is that it is Anna who is teaching her grandmother to read!  This is a book with a wonderful message about the joy of reading and learning from each other and is suitable for almost any age.
  • I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Suess- Read the reviews of this book on Amazon, and you'll get lots of opinions about the message in the book - it's about the importance of sight, it's meant to get children to memorize books, it's about how you see much more of the world with your eyes shut.  My personal opinion is that it's about how reading opens up the world around you.  Whatever the message, it's classic Suess with silly rhymes and fun illustrations.
  • Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss - The farm animals are bored when the children go back to school so they head to town to find something to do.  One by one they head into the library, but the librarian can't understand what they want.  When it's the hen's turn she goes in and says, "Book!  Book!  Book!" and gets three books!  The animals happily take the books back to the farm where they all entertained.  Except the bullfrog who says, "Already...Read it! Read it!"
  • Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn is a sweet book for preschoolers about a little girl and her mother going to the library.  She has her own library card and gets to choose any book she wants.
  • Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates is about Dog who loves books so much that he opens his own bookstore.  He's a little disappointed when nobody comes to buy books.  Luckily, he has lots of books to keep him occupied and before he knows it, he has a customer!

I'd love for you to share your own book activity and find ideas for more! This link party is hosted by

(This was originally a guest post at Imagination Soup.)
Linking to Tip-Toe Thru Tuesday, Kid's Co-op
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  1. I love your 10 ways to get kids reading -- the pictures are awesome! Thanks for the linky too! Happy Children's Book Week!

  2. I love all your book extending activities!

  3. Great list! My son loved reading Book! Book! Book! over and over again. :)

  4. Great list! I just put 3 of them on hold at our library!

  5. Great ideas for celebrating book week! Thanks for linking to tip toe thru tuesday!

  6. Love your list of books about books! I read a few of them the first month of school during my library lessons at school. I need to check out Dog Loves Books though, I don't know that one.


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