Children’s Book Week is Here — Find Out How Kids Can Get a Free Book at the Library!

May 7, 2012 at 12:00 am

Childrens Book Week 2012

Children’s Book Week is here! 

The longest running literacy initiative in the country will run May 7-13 this year.  Children’s Book Week began in 1919 as a way to promote higher standards in children’s literature and it remains just as active and relevant today under the guidance of Every Child A Reader and the Children’s Book Council.

Each year, children throughout the country take the time to cast their vote for their top picks from a list of 30 finalists in six categories: K-2nd Grade Book; 3-4th Grade Book; 5th-6th Grade Book; Teen Book; author; and illustrator.  Check to see if your child’s favorites made the list of the 2012 Children’s Choice Book Award finalists.  Winners will be announced tonight at the 5th Annual Children’s Choice Book Awards Gala at Espace in New York City.  This year’s host is Jarrett Krosoczka, the comedic creator of the popular Lunch Lady series as well as Ollie the Purple Elephant.  Full video footage of the event will be available to view on the Children’s Book Council website tomorrow, May 8.

And, as if that wasn’t exciting enough… the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System has an added bonus for you this year– a free book to any children, ages 0-5 who visit one of our library locations for an Early Literacy program this week.  See our events calendar to find a Children’s Book Week program at a library near you.

For more information about these and other FREE programs @ your library®, call (813) 273-3652 or visit


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