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October 23, 2014

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News Bites: Children’s Book Week

selznick bk week poster News Bites: Children’s Book WeekFree poster: Since the inception of Children’s Book Week in 1919, a children’s book illustrator has been asked to create a commemorative poster to illustrate the idea that “books can take you anywhere.” The poster to celebrate the 94th annual Children’s Book Week (May 13–19, 2013) has been created by best-selling author/illustrator Brian Selznick, and you can receive up to 25 posters with an activity guide for free. The poster honors two legendary author/illustrators: Remy Charlip and Maurice Sendak. “I think Brian Selznick’s poster touches on everything Children’s Book Week stands for,” noted Robin Adelson, Executive Director of the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader.

During April and May, schools and libraries can get a free poster(s) and activity guide by sending a 9” x 12” (for 1–10 posters) or a 10” x 13” (for 11–25 posters) post-paid self-addressed envelope to Children’s Book Council, Attention 2013 Poster Order, 54 W. 39th St., 14th floor, New York, NY 10018. (Note the following weights for poster(s) and envelope: 1 poster (1.2 oz), 10 posters (14 oz), 25 posters (2 lb 6 oz).

Best-selling author/illustrator Brian Selznick has won the Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007), a Caldecott Honor for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (2001) and a Robert F. Sibert Honor for When Marian Sang (2002, all Scholastic).

Children’s Book Week is sponsored by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader. During its 94 year history, posters have been created by icons in children’s literature such as Ian Falconer, Jon J Muth, Maurice Sendak, Ezra Jack Keats, Richard Scarry, Ellen Raskin, Laurent deBrunhoff, Tomie dePaola, Rosemary Wells, Garth Williams, Marc Brown, and Jerry Pinkney have created posters for the celebration.

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Phyllis Mandell was Managing Editor/Multimedia Review Editor for SLJ.

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