TIPS FROM THE
CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL.
National Children's Book Week is a time-honored tradition. Celebrated
since 1919, it is dedicated to spreading the word about children's
literature and encouraging the joys of reading. Annually, the week before Thanksgiving, schools and libraries applaud books and reading
by coming up with ideas to mark this special event. The Children's Book Council is often asked for tips on how to celebrate Book Week. Recently, they asked
teachers and librarians for their help in bringing these suggestions
together. What follows are some of
the many wonderful ideas that people shared with them. . .
OTHER INTERESTING AND UNUSUAL IDEAS
- Launch a Treasure Hunt
A good activity to organize in homeroom; the teacher writes and hides
"literary" clues for the kids to find.
- Have an Annual Week of NO TV!
Sign a pledge, wear a button, carry a sign: during Book Week, reading
- Put on a Magic Show
Kids love magic, and the props can be things mentioned in a favorite
- Celebrate Books and Authors
Study an author a day, have an author birthday party, pick a favorite
book to discuss for the week, arrange for a local author to visit.
- Organize Games
Play book trivia question-and-answer, create book crossword puzzles,
have clues read over the public address system and play "Name That Book".
- Choose a Library or Class Mascot
A stuffed toy, a kid (selected by the teacher, or kids can take turns)
dressed in a favorite book character's costume, or even the school principal
as mascot-of-the-week . . . Whatever you do, NOT a live animal, please!
- Take Field Trips
Visit local literary landmarks, the library, a bookstore, or attend
a college literature class.
- Hold a Cooking Fest
In home economics class at school, or at home, have fun making food
from stories, like Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs & Ham.
- Invite an Unusual Visitor
A person from a different country or culture can introduce kids to her/his
culture using costumes, literature, and song; an environmentalist can
discuss the importance of being "green" using books; biographers can
explain what makes them choose a particular subject.
These tips are from the Children's Book Council, a non-profit trade organization that has been dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books since 1945.