The official 2014 Children’s Book Week poster, which commemorates the 95th annual celebration of Children’s Book Week, running this year from May 12 to 18, has been unveiled by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader.
This year’s poster was designed by Robin Preiss Glasser, the award-winning illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, which has more than 50 titles in print. In 2013, Glasser was honored by young readers with the Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year Award for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet.
“To be a part of Children’s Book Week, with its recognition of the joy of storytelling and importance of reading, is truly an honor,” said Glasser. “It is thrilling to have the opportunity to share my art with the libraries, schools, and bookstores that are part of the Children’s Book Council’s and Every Child a Reader’s outreach, as together we share our love of storybooks with young audiences.”
More than 175,000 copies of the poster will be distributed nationwide. Booksellers can request up to 25 copies of the poster at no cost other than shipping.
Also available for printing at home is the 2014 Children’s Book Week bookmark, designed by nonfiction picture book writer and illustrator Steve Jenkins.
For the first time in the history of Children’s Book Week, official events and local events will be taking place this year in all 50 states, bringing children together in person with their favorite authors and illustrators.
Also new this year, on May 17, in conjunction with Children’s Book Week, independent bookstores will be celebrating the first annual Indies First Storytime Day. The American Booksellers Association is working with the Children’s Book Council to help facilitate and grow the grassroots movement. Last week, award-winning author Kate DiCamillo, the Library of Congress’ 2014 –2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, penned a letter to fellow authors and illustrators, asking them to volunteer at their favorite bookstore this May 17.