Monday, May 7th: Hungry caterpillars, secret gardens, moths that fly and mice that ride motorcycles … ah, those were the days! Relive your childhood. It’s CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK, a national celebration of books and reading for youth.

I was in the library last week and took a detour through the children’s section. (Bringing home a huge stack of books, of course!) I was pleasantly surprised to see that many of my personal favorites, those that I read growing up and those I read to my boys twenty years ago, are still on the shelves today. One interesting change I noticed, mostly in the new young adult books, is the addition of computers: emails, texting and instant messaging.

According to, “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!

Administered by Every Child A Reader and sponsored by the Children’s Book Council , Children’s Book Week celebrates the transformative power of literacy.”

Celebrate Children’s Book Week with puzzles, bookmarks, story starters and more. Check out their webpage for these links:

Old time favorites that stood the test of time:

Dr. Doolittle (1920)
Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)
Curious George (1941)
Pippi Longstocking (1945)
Goodnight Moon (1947)
James and the Giant Peach (1961)
Where the Wild Things Are (1963)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

Personal favorites I read to my boys (20+ years ago)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Stone Soup
Goodnight Moon
Millions of Cats
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
If you give a mouse a cookie
Are you my Mother?
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
Wheels on the Bus

My personal favorites I read when I grew up:

Every single Dr. Doolittle book
James and the Giant Peach
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
A Wrinkle in Time

Celebrate life by celebrating Children’s Book Week. Celebrate with your children or grandchildren. Or go check out a few books to enjoy for yourself. What are YOUR favorite children’s books?


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