Children’s Book Week Will Be Expanded

By Dianna Dilworth 

Nonprofit Every Child a Reader is expanding Children’s Book Week in 2017.

The event, now in its 98th year, focuses on the best in children’s books. Next year’s event, which takes placed May 1-7, includes an update to the book awards, a new website, and the hopes to triple the number of participants from libraries, schools and bookstores.

Participants will also be able to vote for where the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards will be hosted. The award winners will be announced in conjunction with the ABC Children’s Group/ABFE art auction on May 31 at BookExpo.

“We’re going to energize the entire children’s book world this spring, thanks to the enthusiastic support of teachers, parents, librarians, booksellers, authors, illustrators, CBC committees, publishing employees, the media, other literacy groups — and kids and teens! — for this wonderful annual tradition known as Children’s Book Week,” stated Carl Lennertz, executive director at CBC and Every Child a Reader.