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National Book Week: A time to celebrate reading

Did you know that Nov. 12 through Nov. 18 is the 88th Annual National Children’s Book Week? Each November, during the week before Thanksgiving, National Children’s Book Week is celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes ” any place where there are children and books. This year’s theme is Rise Up Reading, as in: Rise Up to your Challenges; Rise Up to your Imagination; Rise Up to your Dreams; Rise Up Reading!

Children cannot “Rise Up” to this challenge without many, many hours of reading practice, and it’s impossible for anyone to read that much without first developing a love of reading. During Children’s Book Week, parents, educators, and other caregivers can “Rise Up” to this challenge and take a stand. Introduce your kids to all sorts of books and “Rise Up Reading” together.

Here are some great ideas for celebrating Children’s Book Week at home:

– During dinner, each family member should share a current favorite book by naming the title, author and illustrator, and giving a brief description of the book and why it’s a favorite.

– Go to the library or a bookstore as a family and help each other pick out new books to bring home.

– Work with your child and some friends to develop a play based on a scene from a favorite book. Invite family and friends to view the production. Remember to take pictures.

– Write a story based on some favorite book characters. Work together as a family to develop plot ideas. (I’d love to see the finished story.)

– After dinner, instead of watching television, read aloud from a book (or books) to each other. If you haven’t been read to in a while, you’ll be surprised how much fun it is.

Each year in observance of National Children’s Book Week, the Truckee Library kicks off its annual Winter Reading Program for children ages 5 and up. Designed not to interfere with school projects and reading, the winter reading program is much more low-keyed than its summer counterpart. Participants are encouraged to read a total of five to 10 books over a three and a half month period, which includes the holiday breaks and Truckee’s ski/skate week. Our theme this year is “Snow is Falling … Books are Calling!” Upon completion of the program in February, those who read five books will be awarded with a special book and an invitation to an after-hours party at the library. This year, those who read 10 books will also receive a special prize.

So celebrate National Children’s Book Week by visiting the library to sign up for the Truckee Library’s “Snow is Falling … Books are Calling!” winter reading program. All sign-ups will receive a theme bookmark and reading record with stickers to track their progress. Sign-ups start the week of Nov. 12, and the program will run through the end of February.

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