Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running literary initiative for children in America. We're honoring the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week, the longest-running national literacy initiative in America, with a variety of family-friendly events, picture book storytimes, and more!
Children's Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children's Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children's book publishers, is an anchor sponsor.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- SATURDAY, APRIL 27
- 10am • Tempe • Drag Queen Storytime • Changing Hands and Dottir Press are proud to partner with Nevaeh McKenzie (Miss Gay Arizona America 2015) and special guest Michelle Tea, founder of Drag Queen Story Hour, for Drag Queen Storytime with Deejay Galaxy Broadway and Sophia Sinclair. Children and adults are invited to come together for activities promoting inclusivity and love, with stories, music, a fun zodiac-themed kids' craft, and a booksigning with Michelle Tea to celebrate her debut picture book Astro Baby. Proceeds from donations will benefit Phoenix Pride Scholarship.
- 11am • Phoenix • The Art of Story: Illustrators of SCBWI Arizona • To celebrate Indie Bookstore Day and the launch of Children's Book Week, Changing Hands has partnered with The Newton—home of our Phoenix store and First Draft Book Bar—to feature artwork from five local illustrators. Lynne Avril (Amelia Bedelia: Under the Weather), Molly Idle (Pearl), Stevie Lewis (Lost in the Library), Juana Martinez Neal (Babymoon), and Mikela Prevost (Let's Have a Dog Party).
- TUESDAY, APRIL 30
- 10:15am • Tempe • Storytime • Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. We'll read picture books, sing songs, play games, and learn together that books bring communities—and kids!—together.
- 7pm • Tempe • Kate Watson: Lovestruck • Young adult author Kate Watson shares her latest novel. Sixteen-year-old cupid-in-training Kali is in an Olympus-sized mountain of trouble. Rule number one in arrow-toting matchmaking: don't stick yourself. But accidents happen, and Kali instantly falls hard for her indie rock, bass-playing target, Benicio. The God of Love is going to kill her. Even if he is her dad. Being the daughter of Eros isn't all it's cracked up to be. For one thing, a girl can get jaded when her parents have the most beautiful and fatalistic love story in history. For another, immortality royally sucks when the Oracle condemns you to eternity in the wrong profession. Do the Gods care that Kali wants to ditch the love stuff and be a muse? Nope. To reclaim her heart and her destiny, Kali is left with no choice but to defy the Gods, tempt the Fates, date the mortal love of her life, and hope she doesn't lose her best friend, Hector, in the process.
- THURSDAY, MAY 2
- 9:15am • Phoenix • Babytime • Tom Leveen shares songs and activities to promote movement and playtime with toddlers and infants. Share stories, songs, rhymes, and activities with your little one while learning how having fun with letters, words, math, and science will help prepare your child for reading success and support healthy brain development!
- 10am • Phoenix • Storytime • Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday. Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. We'll read picture books, sing songs, play games, and learn together that books bring communities—and kids!—together.
- FRIDAY, MAY 3
- 7:45am-3:15pm • Phoenix • ASA Book Bistro • We're partnering with Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) to host their fourth annual Book Bistro! Kids in grades 5 and 6 have piloted this supplemental reading program by selecting books of their choice and writing illustrated reviews in class. At the Bistro, they pitch their favorite new books to fellow students and discuss the reasoning behind their choices. This is a private event, but educators are welcome to stop in to speak to Ginette Rossi, teacher-researcher and faculty member about how to start a Book Bistro at your school!
- SATURDAY, MAY 4
- 10am • Tempe • Costume Storytime with Pout-Pout Fish • Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Deborah Diesen's Mr. Fish who discovers that spreading "dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny.
- 10am-3pm • Tempe • Mother's Day Succulent Planting • Mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, aunts . . . let's celebrate them all! Join us in Tempe for a Succulent Planting Party. Select from a range of mini succulents and cheerful mugs from Natural Life. We'll provide potting materials, gift tag, and a cute Natural Life bag for a Mother's Day gift like no other!
- 12:30-1:30pm • Tempe / Phoenix • Read-a-thon • Kids ages 8 to 18 are invited to join our first ever Read-a-thon in honor of Children's Book Week! Don't miss your chance for a peek at some of this season's hottest forthcoming books. Participants will select an advance reader copy (ARC) and take ten minutes to read the first chapter. When the gong rings, we'll come together to discuss what we liked, what we didn't, and which books we'd keep reading. Then it's time to pick another ARC and do it again. At the end of the event, each child gets an ARC to keep.
- 2pm • Phoenix • Club Read • Calling all tweens! Join us for free grub from Streets of New York as we discuss Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer's To Night Owl From Dogfish.
- 2pm • Tempe • Club Read • Calling all tweens! Join us for free grub from Clockwork Pizza as we discuss Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer's To Night Owl From Dogfish.