It’s Children’s Book Week! Here’s How to Celebrate
Get your read on at home, or at these local events.
For many of us, one of the greatest joys of parenthood is sharing the world of books and reading with our children. From rediscovering beloved stories from our childhoods, experiencing our children discovering their own favorite books, to the calming ritual of the bedtime story, there’s so much that is all connected to books.
Children’s Book Week — May 1 — 7 this year — celebrates these special moments and the wonders of reading. It’s the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country dedicated to inspiring a love of reading in children. There are plenty of ways to enjoy this week, including events at bookstores and libraries throughout Philadelphia and on the Main Line, and things you can do at home.
Attend an Author Storytime
Authors will be visiting libraries and bookstores during Children’s Book Week and hosting free storytimes for kids of all ages.
May 3, 10:30 am
Andorra Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia, 705 East Cathedral Road, Philadelphia
Philadelphia author and illustrator Brian Biggs will visit the Andorra library and read from some of his most recent books. This is an ideal storytime morning for preschoolers through second grade.
May 4, 11 am
Parkway Central Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia
Award-winning children’s book author Angela Dominquez and other guest readers will lead a multicultural storytime. Every child who attends will win a prize.
May 6, 2 — 3 pm
Penn Book Center, 130 S. 34th St., Philadelphia
Octicorn author and illustrator Justin Lowe will be visiting the Penn Book Store to do a book reading, hand out stickers, and share some cupcakes, too.
Visit Your Local Library
Children’s Book Week is the perfect opportunity to visit your local library, pick out some new books, and take part of their regular programming. Many libraries in Philadelphia and on the Main Line host story times most mornings during the week. In Philly? Click here to see what’s happening at the Free Library. Click here to see the offerings from the Lower Merion Library System.
Book Activities at Home
Make Children’s Book Week a fun new tradition in your home with some creative book activities. Invite over some of your children’s friends and make it a book party!
Dress up as your favorite book character and act out your favorite part of a book. Have the family guess who each other is.
Put book titles in a hat and every night pull out a new book to read together as a family.
Let the imagination flow and create your own books.
Donate Gently Used Books
Are your kids outgrowing their books? Your family’s gently used books can be greatly loved by another child. Take an afternoon to clear out the bookshelves and pass along books to a new home. There are lots of places around that accept book donations, including Cradles to Crayons, branches of the Philadelphia Free Library, the Lower Merion Library system libraries, and the Red Fox Book Store.
Photograph via Canva.