This week is Children’s Book Week, the longest running literacy initiative in the country. (Since 1919!) Over 40 cities are hosting events to celebrate and two of them are right here in Westchester. Now’s a great time to shop at your local bookstore!
Womrath Bookshop in Bronxville is donating 10% of all sales of children’s books to the children’s room of The Bronxville Public Library. This book, King Jack and the Dragon, by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury, is featured on their website. I think my daughter would really connect with this story about a little boy whose make-believe game of fighting dragons ends up scaring him. I love a good story about overcoming your fears and being brave!
The Voracious Reader in Larchmont is having giveaways, story times and author events every day this week. For example,Tommy Greenwald, author of Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading, will be at the store today at 4:15 pm. On Wednesday, the author of Minette’s Feast, by Susanna Reich, will be at the store at 4:15 pm. Visit the events section of their site for more information.
The Voracious Reader also has a long list of recommended books for each age group on their site. I like the sound of I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus, by Jack Prelutsky, the first Children’s Poet Laureate. Part Doctor Seuss and part Shel Silverstein, this book of 100 poems will make kids of all ages laugh and ask for more.
By the way, you can get a copy of this year’s Children’s Book Week poster, designed by David Wiesner, for FREE! (Just pay postage.) Order your poster here and find out more about Children’s Book Week.
Womrath Bookshop, 76 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY, 914-337-0199
The Voracious Reader, 1997 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY, 914-630-4581