"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
— J. K. Rowling
It all began with the idea that children's books can change lives. Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, family homes--in fact, any place where there are kids and books. The need for CBW is as essential today as it was back in 1919, when the first Book Week event took place. Since 1944, the Children's Book Council--a non-profit organization--has developed materials and promoted and encouraged local celebrations of this national event.
"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."
— Emilie Buchwald
"Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read."
— Marilyn Jager Adams
"Books were my personal pass to freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi."
~ Oprah Winfrey