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We’ve been dealing with sick kids and backed-up plumbing in my house this week, so I haven’t yet had a chance to post about one of the best weeks of the year, Children’s Book Week. What is Children’s Book Week? Here’s some information from the official CBW website:

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!

There are many formal celebrations of Children’s Book Week going on all over the country, but you can celebrate in your own home. How? It’s simple. Read a book to your child.

Children's Book Week 2012

by David Wiesner

I know that sounds like a simple, easy thing. But I also know as a parent that it is easy for reading to get lost in the shuffle of life. Reading to your child won’t just happen; you have to be intentional about it. Even the author of a certain children’s book blog sometimes has to remind herself that she needs to make time to read with her sons. It happens to the best of us.

Take time this week and read a book to your child. Do you have an older child who is past the read-aloud stage? Pull out an old favorite and read it together again. Encourage your child’s literacy and spend some quality time together.

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