What Your Child Should Read this Week

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children's book week

Celebrating its 95th year on May 12-18, Children’s Book Week is one of the longest-running literacy initiatives in the United States. Children’s Book Week is administered by the organization Every Child a Reader and sponsored by the Children’s Book Council. Check out celebrations near you. Don’t have time to attend an event? No problem!  Engage your child or student by visiting your local library and checking out some of these amazing children’s titles, recommended by the experts themselves!


Mitchell goes bowling


“Parents and kids will love Mitchell Goes Bowling, by Hallie Durand, with art by Tony Fucile.  By the end, they’ll all be doing a steaming hot potato dance.” – Kathi Appelt, author of The True Blue Scouts Of Sugarman Swamp




charlotte's web


“I recommend E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Webthe classic story of friendship and sacrifice.  Every time I read this ‘terrific’ book it makes me weep — in a good way — and it stirs up lots of feelings, and isn’t that the point of reading, to feel?” – Winifred Conkling, author of Sylvia and Aki 




pio peep


¡Pío Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes by Alma Flor and F. Isable Campoy is a classic. The illustrations are lovely, and I find something new in the musicality of the Spanish language every time I read it to  [children].” – Antonio Sacre, author of My Name is Cool





“If you like good things that are funny, check out Laurie Keller‘s hilarious The Scrambled States of America. I’ve had the book for years and still find lots of hidden little jokes.” –Bob Shea, author of Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great



ellen's broom

“With all of the changes today concerning families and marriage rights, I recommend Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter, which offers a time capsule look at changes in families and marriage rights during the Reconstruction era (a young child whose parents, former slaves, legally register their marriage at a Freedman’s Bureau), which may bring readers to question what stories will be told 150 years from now about marriages and families of the 2014 era.” –Don Tate, author of It Jes’ Happened