Each Saturday during the fall while my brother and I were growing up, we’d head to the library. We’d get lost in stacks of books, always begging to take just one more.
In the summer, we’d scurry over to our neighbor’s house. She was an elementary school librarian and had to review new books before the school year began. Each year, we’d try to finish the pile before Labor Day.
Not everyone has the same feeling about reading, though. If you’re looking for a way to get your kids hooked on books, Children’s Book Week (May 11-17) is a great time to start. Libraries (and cities) are hosting special events all week.
New Yorkers kicked off the celebration with illustrators and authors (and Clifford and the Cat in the Hat!) in Bryant Park.
If your child is already an avid reader she can vote in the Children's Choice Book Awards. She can also view the Children's Choices List to find kids’ top 100 books for the last several years. If you think you’ve got an aspiring writer on your hands try Story Starters. Authors write the beginning of a story and your child finishes it!
Don’t have an eager reader on your hands? Teens can check out these graphic novels.