Nov. 12-18 is National Children's Book Week, celebrating new authors, new stories and new ideas.
Sponsored by the Children's Book Council, this year's theme is "Rise Up Reading," suggesting the discovery of worlds beyond the printed page. Whether it is fiction, nonfiction, poetry, a graphic novel or even an e-book, there is much for a young reader to celebrate this week.
Sandra and Myles Pinkney have selected exemplary poems and bright photographs in "Read and Rise" (Scholastic) to set the tone for the week. A foreword by Maya Angelou notes the beauty of reading:
"Reading is the highway from
The shadow to the sun
Learn to Read."
Using his distinguishable humor, Denys Cazet tells of Hamlet the Pig, who begs for someone to read to him. Since he can find no one, he reads to Egg, his own reflection. Young listeners will quickly find the humor of Hamlet and Egg in "Will You Read to Me?" (Atheneum).
The very youngest will delight in "Carlo Loves Reading" by Jessica Spanyol (Candlewick) since everything is labeled with words just right for beginning learners.
Words are also the focus of "Do Not Open This Book!" by Michaela Muntean (Scholastic), with the directives to not open the book, not turn the pages and to "go away!" What better invitation is there for wanting to read a book!
"Josias, Hold the Book" by Jennifer Reismeyer Elvgren (Boyds Mills Press) portrays a boy in Haiti who tries to grow a garden with no avail. When the teacher gives him a book on crop rotation, he learns the importance of "holding the book" and learning to read.
At the library Lola wants to check out her favorite book, "Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies," but finds another child also wanting the book. There are things to be negotiated and lessons to be learned in "But Excuse Me That Is My Book" by Lauren Child (Dial).
One of my favorite books is "Library Lion" by Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes (Candlewick). There may be no running or sleeping in the library, but there might possibly be a lion. "There weren't any rules about lions in the library."
When Miss Merriweather agrees that the roaring lion can come back to story hour if he promises to be quiet the children are delighted. This is a wonderful story about rules to enforce and rules to be broken a little. It's definitely a "read-it-again" book.
Readers if all ages will enjoy the letters and anecdotes in "Dear Miss Breed" by Joanne Oppenheim (Scholastic). The story of a librarian in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, the book pays a touching tribute to Miss Breed. "By telling her story, I hope to inspire future librarians and to honor the many librarians who are devoted to people and their need for books, just as Clara Breed was throughout her life of public service," the author says.Happy reading!