Free Posters For Upcoming Children’s Book Week

Happy 94th Birthday Children’s Book Week!

Did you know May 13-19, 2013 is Children’s Book Week?

Started in 1919 by then-Boy Scout librarian Franklin K. Matthiews, the event is run by non-profit organizations, Every Child A Reader and The Children’s Book Council.

Children’s Book Week is a national event devoted to promoting literacy for kids everywhere. The event provides opportunities for children to get excited about reading during a perfect time… when school is winding down and those summer months perfect for reading are stretched out before them. 

We suggest celebrating by…what else? Reading your most cherished children’s books with or to the kids in your life. We’re planning to dig into some classic Dr. Seuss books to kick things off, followed by a dash of dark and twisty adventure with Lemony Snicket, and then who knows where we’ll head after that. We just know that it’s one event that we love to get involved because it lets us share our love of reading with children.

What’s even better is that this year, event sponsors are giving away free event posters to libraries and teachers (Details below) as well as holding nationwide events. There’s also an official bookmark you can print to give to children. If you are looking for ways to commemorate, why not order a copy today of “Hello Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle” to give to your closest niece or nephew? Even better, this year’s poster was created by children’s author Brian Selznick, author of “The Invention Of Hugo Cabret.”


 Children’s Book Week Free Poster Order Info:

“Brian Selznick’s official poster commemorates the 94th annual celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 13-19, 2013), the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

Brian Selznick – Caldecott winner, 2012 Children’s Choice Book Awards Illustrator of the Year, and creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret andWonderstruck – has created a commemorative masterpiece that beautifully illustrates the idea that books can take you anywhere. The poster pays homage to two of children’s literature’s legends: Remy Charlip, author and illustrator of more than 38 books, including modern classics like Hooray for MeI Love YouArm in ArmMother Mother I Feel SickA Perfect Day, and Fortunately, the latter of which has been in print continuously for over 48 years; and Maurice Sendak, Caldecott Medal winner for Where the Wild Things Are, creator of children’s classics including In the Night KitchenChicken Soup with RiceAlligators All Around, and illustrator of the Little Bear books.

Celebrate books and reading with us by ordering your free copy!

The poster will be distributed free of charge to schools and libraries during April and May.


Posters are available from the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader at no cost beyond shipping.

To receive a free poster(s) with activity guide, please send a 9 x 12 self-addressed envelope (for 1 or 10 posters) or a 10 x 13 self-addressed envelope (for 25 posters) with appropriate postage affixed. Note that Postal regulations have changed. Please use the USPS Postage Price Calculator to determine postage cost, or ask for help at your local post office.

Weight of posters and an envelope:
1 poster and envelope: 1.2oz.
10 posters and envelope: 14oz.
25 posters and envelope: 2lb 6oz.

Mail envelopes with postage affixed to:
Children’s Book Council
ATTN: 2013 Poster Order
54 West 39th Street, 14th floor
New York, NY 10018

Please note: There is a 25 poster maximum per person.

Due to the volume of poster requests, we cannot process any poster orders that do not include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.”