happy children’s book week!

Don’t you love this adorable poster created by Jon J. Muth, last year’s Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year? I love his picture books featuring Stillwater, the giant panda, little Koo, and siblings Addy, Michael, and Karl (Zen Shorts, Zen Ties). Can’t wait for Zen Ghosts to be released in September! Click here for details on how to receive a poster free of charge!

Tonight, the winners of the third annual Children’s Choice Book Awards will be announced at the Gala in NYC. I’m especially excited that one of my favorite picture books from 2009, Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban, is a finalist! Go to A Story Before Bed to hear Linda and two other authors reading from their books.

This year marks the 91st observance of Children’s Book Week. For ideas on how to participate and/or celebrate at home, in the classroom or at your library, visit bookweekonline.com. You’ll also find a schedule of Official and Local Events, a digital toolkit, and more. To keep tabs on all the happenings via Twitter, follow hashtag #kidsbookwk.

Have fun snuggling up and reading with your kids all week long!

Here are some panda cookies to help you celebrate!
 photo by LaLa512.

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