May 2-8, 2016

Events

Children's Book Week -- May 2-8, 2016

A Nationwide Celebration of Books and Reading Since 1919

From May 2-8, 2016, official Children's Book Week events will be hosted in all 50 states! Attendees receive complimentary Children’s Book Week posters and tote bags (while supplies last).

View images of some of the fabulous literacy celebrations held during Children's Book Week 2015 on the CBC's Facebook page.

2016 Events

A -> distinguishes all designated Official Event Locations of CBW!


Alabama

Gadsden
->Gadsden Public Library
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May 3, 3:30pm: Story Time "Sick Simon" by Dan Krall

May 5, 10am: Story Time "The Princess and the Pony" by Kate Beaton

May 7, 2pm: Curious About Read-Aloud Story Time Workshop Featuring Curious George!
Learn how to turn at home story time into a learning experience! All participants will recieve a Curious George poster, certificate, and sticker.

Alaska

Juneau
->Juneau Public Libraries
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May 7, 11am-5pm: Celebrate Children’s Book Week by stopping by Juneau Public Libraries’ booth at the Juneau Maritime Festival in Marine Park. Check out maritime themed books, take a high sea adventure aboard the M/V Chilkitty, enjoy an ocean themed Story Time, build the perfect LEGO ship, and participate in a Scavenger Hunt that will take you far and wide. Free Children’s Book Week posters and bags for all who participate while supplies last. Register for the Scavenger Hunt between 11a-noon and complete the hunt by 4pm. There will be five winners drawn who will receive a free copy of “Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Chamblis Bertman and a $25 American Express gift certificate thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

May 7, 4-6pm: Downtown Library
Jamie Ford (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet) Visit the Empty Chair Exhibit all day inside the library and learn about the forced removal and resettlement of Juneau’s Japanese Community, 1941-1951.

Ketchikan
->Parnassus Books
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May 6, 5-8pm: Children's Book Week Celebration Party with snacks and storytelling!

Come in during the week and receive a free tote bag with a purchase of a children's book, while supplies last! Enter to win a basket of children's books.

Arizona

Phoenix
->Changing Hands Bookstore
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May 2, 5:30pm: Brain Time Express with Tom Leveen
Learn about the ABC's of early brain development and how the brain "wires up" in the first few years.

May 3, 7pm: How to Write a Children's Book Panel Discussion
Panelists: Rick Cobban (Sales Rep for Hachette), Michelle Parker-Rock (editor for Southwest Human Development), Lynne Avril (illustrator), James Owen (author, illustrator, self-pub & traditional pub)
Moderator: Brandi Stewart (Children's Book Buyer for Changing Hands)

May 4, 7pm: Amy Tintera (Ruined) and Aprilynne Pike (Earthrise)

May 5, 10am: Preschool Storytime

May 7, 2pm: Club Read
The Club Read book club discusses The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

May 8, 10am: Costume Storytime with Elephant & Piggie with guest storyteller and local author Tom Leveen

Tempe
->Changing Hands Bookstore
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May 3, 7pm: Jason Reynolds with As Brave As You

May 5, 10:15am: Preschool Storytime

May 5, 7pm: Andy Griffiths (The 52-Story Treehouse)

May 7, 10am: Costume Storytime with Elephant and Piggy
Celebrate Elephant and Piggy's new book, The Thank You Book!

May 7, 2pm: Club Read
The Club Read book club discusses The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo.

May 9, 7pm: Julie Buxbaum (Tell Me Three Things), Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King), Nicola Yoon (Everything, Everything), and Kara Thomas (The Darkest Corners)

Arkansas

Bentonville
->Bentonville Public Library
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April 23, 9:30am: Bentonville’s Second Annual Youth Literature Festival
Youth Lit Fest features authors and illustrators of popular youth titles, book sales and signings. Hosted at the Library, all events are free and open to the public. Click here to see the Event Guide!

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May 7: Free Comic Book Day, Bentonville Public Library's 4th Annual Event

California

Alameda
->Books Inc.
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May 3, 6pm: Sarah Mlynowski (Whatever After)
Click here for details!

Berkeley
->Books Inc.
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Burlingame
->Books Inc.
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May 2, 6pm: Lin Oliver (Fantastic Frames)
Click here for details!

Corte Madera
->Book Passage
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Laurel Village
->Books Inc.
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May 2, 6pm: Little Elliot and Georgie's Big Children's Book Week Party with Mike Curato and Ruth Chan (Little Elliot, Big Family) (Where’s the Party)
Click here for details!

Los Gatos
->Village House of Books
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May 4, 3:30pm: Hip Hippo Hooray! It's Sandy Boynday! / Celebrating Author Sarah Boynton
Come celebrate the books of Sarah Boynton (Tickle Time) with us! Enjoy fun activities such as arts and crafts, Boynton bingo, and much more! RSVP required.

May 5, 3:30pm: Storytime with Elephant and Piggie
Come to our story time with a duo of great Elephant and Piggie stories. We’ll be reading The Thank You Book and We Are In A Book. Afterwards, join us in making Elephant and Piggie puppets and masks, so you can tell your own Elephant and Piggie stories. RSVP required.

May 6, 1pm: Duck and Goose Beach Party
Celebrate the return of warm weather by going to the beach with Duck & Goose (it’s a lot faster than driving to Santa Cruz!); we’ll be reading Duck & Goose, Duck & Goose Beach Party, and Duck & Goose Dance Party. You can make your own Duck & Goose masks, build a sand castle, go bowling for beach bottles and shake your tail feathers. RSVP required.

May 7, 11am: Curious George the 75th Anniversary! We’ll be celebrating the 75th anniversary of Curious George with a big Village House of Books party all about curiosity. Get your picture with George, meet some favorite children's book authors and illustrators like Jennifer Castro (Mom * Me) and Tiffany Papageorge (My Yellow Balloon), and go on a Book Scavenger Hunt! RSVP required. Click here for more details.

Los Angeles
->Children's Book World
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May 4: Stuart Gibbs Author Talk & Book Signing
School event, public invited - please call for details

Stuart Gibbs is the bestselling author of Belly Up, Spy School, and many more kid-favorite books. In Spaced Out, the second mind-boggling mystery of the Edgar-nominated Moon Base Alpha series, the moon base commander has gone missing and Dash Gibson is on the case. Ages 8-12.

May 5: Dan Santat Author Talk and Book Signing
School event, public invited - please call for details

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat takes readers on the road trip of a lifetime in Are We There Yet? Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride--and after reading this astonishingly inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you'll never look at being bored the same way again. Ages 4-8.

May 7, 10:30am: Isabel Brazon Spanish Music Fun
Please join us for a fun, educational morning with Isabel Brazon, the creator of Baila Baila Spanish Music for kids. Come sing and dance while you learn some Spanish in this very interactive and dynamic 30 minutes show. Ages 3-7.

May 7, 2:30pm: Jennifer L. Holm Author Talk and Book Signing
Meet Jennifer L. Holm, author of Sunny Side Up and other wildly popular graphic novels, and award-winning middle grade novels, including The Fourteenth Goldfish. Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm on the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series, which has more than 2.3 million books in print, and the bestselling Squish series. She is the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May Amelia, Penny From Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. Ages 7-12.

Mountain View
->Books Inc.
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May 7, 3pm: Bad Kitty Costume Party Storytime
Click here for details!

Opera Plaza
->Books Inc.
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May 5, 7pm: NYMBC Presents Julie Buxbaum (Tell Me Three Things), Jeff Zentner (The Serpent King), Laura McNeal (The Incident on the Bridge), and Kara Thomas (The Darkest Corners)
Click here for details!

Palo Alto
->Books Inc.
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San Diego
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
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May 3: Amy Tintera (Ruined)

San Fransisco
->Books Inc.
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->San Fransisco Public Library
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Santa Monica
->YallWest
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Colorado

Boulder
Boulder Book Store
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May 4th: Chris Howard (Night Speed)

Denver
->Tattered Cover Bookstore
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Aspen Grove location
May 3rd: Colleen Oakes (Queen of Hearts)


Colfax Avenue location
May 5th: Chris Howard (Night Speed)

Connecticut

Darien
->Darien Library
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May 2: Book Character Portrait Art Workshop
Who is your favorite book character? Come and make a 3D portrait and have it put on display in the Children's Library.

May 3: Homeschooler and beyond Summer Reading book previews
Do you live in Darien and homeschool your child, or enroll them in a school outside of Darien? The Darien Public Library invites you and your children to a special presentation of our Summer Reading Program and our special book lists of Suggested Summer Reads.

May 5: Children's Book Ball
Celebrate Children's Book Week dressed as your favorite book character. There will be dancing, refreshments, games and a photobooth.

Stamford
->The Ferguson Library
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(Events to be held in the Main Library, DiMattia Building)
May 7, 11am: Meet Lyle the Crocodile
Meet Lyle of the famous Lyle the Crocodile series! Other activities include face painting in the library. All ages.
May 7, 2pm: Tommy Greenwald (Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading)
Hear children’s book author Tommy Greenwald talk about his popular Charlie Joe Jackson series, as well as his newest series Crimebiters. For ages 7 and up. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Co-sponsored by the Children’s Book Council.

Delaware

Wilmington
->The Comic Book Shop
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April 29 - May 6: Kids and Teens Graphic Novel Swap!
During this extended week-long event, kids & teens age 7-17 can bring in books they no longer want and take home something “new”! We’ll start the swap with some of our favorites we want to share. At the end of the week, we’ll donate all remaining books to communities in need! Click here for more details.

May 7-8: Free Comic Book Day Weekend
Choose from this year's special selection of FREE COMICS! Graphic Novels will be on SALE for 25% off! Come in costume for extra free stuff! Click here for more details.

May 7: FCBDW - Guest Creators Signings
We're hosting a variety of writers, artists, cartoonists, and illustrators! Watch them as they draw, ink, and color their works right in front of you! Ask them about making comics! Request a sketch of your favorite character!

Guests: Claire Connelly and Paige Connelly (thINK Illustration), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert and Fred), Eric Grissom (Planet Gigantic), and Bob Petrecca (Superman/Batman Annual)

District of Columbia

Washington
->Politics and Prose
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May 3, 10:30am: Mac Barnett and Matt Myers (Rules of the House) Ages 5-7.

May 6, 7pm: Dave Barry (The Worst Night Ever)
Event held at Takoma Park Library. Ages 10-13.

May 7, 7pm: Molly Idle (Flora and the Peacocks)
Event held at Takoma Park Library. Ages 4-6.

->Library of Congress Young Readers Center
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Florida

Bal Harbour
->Books & Books
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Coral Gables
->Books & Books
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Miami Beach
->Books & Books
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Tampa
->Inkwood Books
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Winter Park
->Writer's Block Bookstore
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May 2, 10:30am: Tale Two Tell
Storytellers bring books to life through live performance. Event held at Winter Park Library.

May 3, all day: Pete the Cat
Walk in activities and refreshments. Event held at Writer's Block Bookstore.

May 4, 3:30pm: Michele Gerber (Pieces and Parts)
Event held at Winter Park Library.

May 5, 1:30pm: Storytime with Curious George
Event held at Winter Park Library.

May 6, 3pm: 1 Book 1 South
Q&A with Kate DiCamillo (Raymie Nightingale) via Facebook. Event held at Writer's Block Bookstore.

May 6, 6pm: Pancake Dinner and N. Jane Quackenbush (The Afternoon Moon)
Event held at Winter Park Library.

May 7, 10am: Park Ave. Book Scavenger Hunt
Event held at Writer's Block Bookstore.

Georgia

Athens
->Avid Bookshop
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May 7, 10:30am: Children's Book Week Story Time: IF YOU ARE A KAKA, YOU EAT DOO DOO with Illustrator Sara Lynn Cramb
Avid Bookshop presents author Sara Lynn Cramb in celebration of the book she illustrated, If You Are a Kaka, You Eat Doo Doo, on Saturday, May 7, 2016. This event is at the usual Saturday story time of 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is no admission charge. Click here for more info.

Decatur
->Little Shop of Stories
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April 30, 3pm: Story Time and Meet and Greet with Elephant and Piggie (Children's Book Week Kickoff Event)

May 1, 3pm: Dori Kleber (More-igami)

May 4, 7pm: Mike Lowery (Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs!)

May 5, 7pm: John Bemelmans Marciano and Sophie Blackall (The Witches of Benevento series)

May 6, 7pm: Terra Elan McVoy (This Is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker)

May 8, 5pm: Fierce Reads YA Panel with Cecilia Ahern (Flawed), Anna Banks (Of Neptune), Harriet Reuter Hapgood (The Square Root of Summer), and Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Kiss)

Hawaii

Kailua-Kona
->Kona Stories
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Idaho

Moscow
->BookPeople of Moscow
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Illinois

Burr Ridge
Barbara's Bookstore
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Lake Forest
Lake Forest Book Store
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May 2-8: Celebrate Children's Book Week
We'll be handing out store giveaways with the purchase of a children's book. Our front window will have a Curious George-theme during the week.

May 4: Meet Curious George! Meet the famously curious monkey, and enjoy some milk and cookies after school!

May 7: Morning Storytime

Naperville
Anderson's Bookshop
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Oak Park
->Magic Tree Bookstore
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May 2, 6:30: Jim Gill Concert
Join us for this FREE concert to celebrate Children's Book Week. CD and Book signing after the music.

May 4, 5:45pm: The Story Sisters Present After School Storytime
For kids ages 5 and up.

May 5, 6pm: Pajama Storytime
Come in your jammies, and bring your pillow! Llama Llama will be here along with Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) author Josh Schneider. Enjoy bedtime stories and cookies.

May 6, 4pm: Teacher Party Inspired by Todd Parr's Teachers Rock!, the Magic Tree Bookstore is joining forces with local businesses to celebrate the wonderful teachers and educators in our community.

Winnetka
->The Book Stall at Chestnut Court
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Indiana

Indianapolis
->Kids Ink Children's Bookstore
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May 2-8: Sit in the front window to play with the train and read one of the many train books.

May 2-8: Bookstore Scavenger hunt in the store! Follow the rhyming clues to win a prize.

May 5-8: It's May Days! Make a May basket for someone special. You can fill it with flowers or Hershey kisses. We'll be available to help and share special spring stories.

May 7: Celebrate Children's Book Week and Kids Ink's 30th Birthday!! Make a birthday hat to wear. Enjoy treats, balloons, and special discounts.

Iowa

Decorah
->Dragonfly Books
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Des Moines
->Beaverdale Books
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May 2-8: "Forever Books for Kids" Book Drive
This organization purchases children's books for incarcerated mothers to read on tape for kids at home. We will give 20% off purchases for the book drive and a tote bag (if any remain!).

May 5, 11am: Weekly Storytime

May 30, 11am: Elephant and Piggy Storytime
From 11am-12pm, we will have E&P stories, snacks, activities, games and photo ops with E&P. Guests will get a tote bag and 20% off E&P books.

Kansas

Nortonville
->Nortonville Public Library

Silver Lake
->Silver Lake Library
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May 3, 10am: Topeka Zoo Visits the Library

May 5, 5:30pm: Community Book Scavenger Hunt with special guest Nate the Great!
Sign-up starts April 11th-May 2nd. All participants must be at the Library on May 5th by 5:30 to start the hunt.

Wichita
->Watermark Books
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May 3, 10:30am: Story time with Sue

May 3, 6pm: Quiet Power: The Secret Strength of Introverts young readers edition launch with illustrator Grant Snider! (Click here for details!)

May 7, 10:30am: Special Children's Boook Week Saturday Story time, with a visit from Elephant and Piggie!

May 7th, 11:30am: Join Watermark and other independently owned area stores for a scavenger hunt. It's a one-day race to solve three puzzles at three different stores in the area, and the first five to return will win a $25 gift card from Watermark and a signed copy of Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. You can't win if you don't play! Event for ages eight and up.

Kentucky

Crestview Hills
->Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Fort Thomas
->Blue Marble Books
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April 30, 11am-1pm: CBW kick-off event on Independent Bookstore Day! We're hosting a poetry reading/slam. Come celebrate #‎NationalPoetryMonth. Students are invited to read their own poetry!

May 5, 10:30am: Storytime with Ladybug (registration required)

May 6, 4pm: Storytime with Ladybug (registration required)

May 7, 10:30am: Storytime with Ladybug (registration required)

Lexington
->Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Louisville
->Carmichael Kids' Bookstore
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May 2-8, during open hours: Children's Book Week Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunt to be held at both Highlands and Clifton/Creston Hill locations. Click here for more details about store hours and locations.

Louisiana

Monroe
->Ouachita Parish Public Library
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May 3rd, 5pm: Celebrating Children's Book Week
Join us as we read selected titles from the collection of Kevin Henkes along with crafts.

May 4th, 4pm: What’s Your Favorite Animal? By Eric Carle
Eric Carle and friends share their favorite animal friends with you. Make an animal journal of your favorite animal to share.

May 5th, 4pm: It’s a Groovy Good Day with Pete the Cat at the Library.
Join us for groovy good fun! Refreshments served.

May 5th, 5:30pm: Family Fun Night
The Hug Machine by Scott Campbell. Gimme a Hug. Have you hugged your family today? Tonight is the night to collect as many hugs as you can. See you there!

May 6th, 4pm: On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott & Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day with these stories of a mother’s love. Mother’s Day Craft to follow stories.

New Orleans
->Octavia Books
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Maine

Farmington
->Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers
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May 7, 10am: Downtown Book Scavenger Hunt
A big puzzle solving challenge with three big prizes! The fastest five puzzlers win a signed copy of the sensational new middle grade novel Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and a 25.00 DDG Gift Certificate!

May 7, 11am: Picture Book Bonanza
Read aloud and book signings with three local authors: Fran Hodgkins (Secret Galaxy), Eva Murray (Island Birthday), and Margy Burns Knight (Talking Walls)

Maryland

Baltimore
->The Children's Bookstore
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May 5, 4pm: Writing and Jacket cover workshop with Ronald Smith (HooDoo) and artist Rachel Machesky! Registration required.

Massachusetts

Boston
->Wellesley Books
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May 7, 10:30am: Heather Lang (Fearless Flyer), Cheryl Lawton Malone (Dario and the Whale), Deborah Sosin (Charlotte and the Quiet Place), and Jane Sutcliffe (Will's Words)

Falmouth
->Eight Cousins Bookstore
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May 5, 5pm: What the Kids Are Reading! panel featuring local librarians and teachers.

Michigan

Ann Arbor
->Nicola's Books
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May 2, 10am: Storytime with Ieva

May 3, 7pm: Release Party for Kristine Kruppa (27 Days to Midnight) & Elena Bozzi (Puddle: A Tale for the Curious)
Click here for details!

May 7, 11am: Special Story Time with Shanda Trent (Giddy-Up, Buckaroos!) and Melanie Zwegers (Into the Garden), plus a special guest appearance by The Library Mouse!
Click here for details!

May 7, 1:30pm: Not Just For Kids series - 'Seussical'
This event will be held at the Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI). This is a ticketed event; Nicola's Books will also be there selling Seuss books. Click here for more information.

Lansing
->Schuler Books and Music
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Minnesota

Minneapolis
->Wild Rumpus
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St. Paul
->Addendum Books
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Mississippi

Jackson
->Lemuria Books
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Missouri

St. Louis
->St. Louis County Library
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(Daniel Boone branch)
May 4, 3:30pm: All Things Pete The Cat
Stop by the kid's area for some fun Pete the Cat activities.


(Eureka Hills branch)
May 2, 10am: Elephant and Piggie Party!
Attend an Elephant and Piggie Party! We will read some of our favorite Mo Willems books and have some crafts and activities.

May 4, 4pm: Literary T-Shirts
Design a t-shirt inspired by your favorite book! Grades 6-12; registration required.


(Florissant Valley branch)
May 4, 10am: Storytelling Festival
Join us as a dynamic storyteller brings traditional and contemporary stories to life. All Ages.

May 4, 7pm: Pig Party
Celebrate all things pig with stories, games and activities. Inspired by Piggie and Elephant books by Mo Willems. Ages 3-12; registration requested.


(Grant's View branch)
May 4, 10am: Meet Clifford
Join us for a story, activities, and a visit from everyone's favorite big red dog. Don't forget your camera!

May 5, 10am: Storytelling Festival
Join us as a dynamic storyteller brings traditional and contemporary stories to life. All Ages.


(Headquarters branch)
May 2, 6pm: Meet Clifford
Join us for a story, activities, and a visit from everyone's favorite big red dog. Don't forget your camera!

May 5, 1pm: Skippyjon Jones Fiesta
Ay, caramba! Everyone loves the antics of Skippyjon Jones, the big-eared Siamese cat who wants to be a Chihuahua dog. Enjoy a Skippyjon story time and participate in fabulous fiesta activities and crafts.

May 7, 10am: Storytelling Festival
Join us as a dynamic storyteller brings traditional and contemporary stories to life. All Ages.


(Jamestown Bluffs branch)
May 3, 6pm: Pete The Cat Story Time
We will read "Pete The Cat" books and do crafts and other fun activities in the children's area. Ages 2-8; registration required.

May 7, 2pm: Mother & Daughter "Pinkalicious" Party
Come dressed in pink as we enjoy reading Pinkalicious books with the girls. There will be crafts, games and many other "Pink" activities for all ages. Light refreshments will be served. All ages; registration required.


(Meramec Valley branch)
May 5, 10am: Mom and Me
Come celebrate mom with special stories, activities and a craft. Ages 3-7; registration required.


(Mid-County branch)
May 7, 2pm: Recycled Book Fair
Make a collage from recycled books. Ages 4-11.


(Thornhill branch)
May 7, 10am: Pete The Cat Story Time
Join us for some favorite stories about Pete the Cat and some groovy songs to dance to. Is that the end, goodness no! Finish up with a craft to take home. Ages 4-8; registration required.

Montana

Missoula
->Fact & Fiction
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Nebraska

Omaha
->The Book Worm
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May 2-8: Happy Children’s Book Week and Screen Free Week
The Bookworm and the Swanson Branch of the Omaha Public Library will lead the celebration of Screen Free Week 2016. Participants of all ages are welcome. Those who sign a pledge at either The Bookworm or Swanson Library will receive an activity log to keep track of their screen free activities (unless required for school) during the week of May 2nd-6th. Activity logs must be turned to the Bookworm or Swanson Library by May 13th to be eligible for the Screen Free Week Drawing.

May 7, 10:30am: Special Storytime
Led by Miss Nancy from Swanson Library. There will also be a special visit from Llama Llama!

Nevada

Reno
->Sundance Bookstore
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May 3, 10:30am: Storytime at Sundance with Paula Robison
Visual arts teacher and Baobab Press illustrator Paula Robison presents a storytime and art project, as well as a book signing.

May 5, 10:30am: Storytime at Sundance with Teddy Swecker (Ducks, Ducks)
Author Teddy Swecker presents a storytime and art project, as well as a book signing.

New Hampshire

Exeter
->Water Street Books
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North Conway
->White Birch Books
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New Jersey

Clinton
->The Clinton Bookshop
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Holmdel
Barnes & Noble
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May 3, 5pm: Percy Jackson Release Party: The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo)
Stop by and grab The Hidden Oracle, book 1 in the 'Trials of Apollo' series and participate in epic quests, battle evil and prove you have the skills to survive Camp Half Blood. Click here for more details!

May 7, 11am: Mother's Day Storytime
In celebration of Mother's Day, read about becoming an expert grandma sitter in How to Babysit a Grandma followed by Mom School. Click here for more details!

New Mexico

Albuquerque
->Bookworks
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May 2-8: Children's Book Week
Bookworks is celebrating Children's Book Week 2016 with a 100 feet display of children's and teens book titles. We will be tracing feet, on which you're encourage to write the title of a favorite book, and displaying them throughout the store during the week.

May 2, 4:30pm: Family Reading Time
We're kicking off Children's Book Week with a joyous, self-directed hour of family reading time. Bring a blanket and claim a spot on the floor, and enjoy cookies, juice, and books with family members of all ages.

May 4, 4pm: May the Fourth Be With You
Calling all 5 to 8 year old Jedis in training! Enjoy story time, edible lightsabers, and a short Jedi obstacle course on this very special Star Wars-themed day.

May 5, 10:30am: Curious George Visits Bookworks
In honor of Children's Book Week and Curious George's 75th Anniversary, we will be throwing a special story time party. We will read Curious George books, play games and enjoy refreshments. Preschool and kindergarten classes welcome; contact us a week in advance with an attendee estimate.

May 7, 10:30am: Special Mother's Day Story Time with Jennifer Bean
Albuquerque resident Jennifer Bean found the manuscript for Otto the Octopus (Who Couldn't Dress Himself), a passion project written by her mother, Barbara Hassis Bean, and illustrated by her grandfather, Ferdinand Hassis, in the 1980s and made it her mission to get it published. Bean will read from the book and tell us the amazing story behind its publication.

New York

Brooklyn
->Greenlight Bookstore
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Hamilton
Colgate Bookstore
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Larchmont
->The Voracious Reader
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Newburgh
Barnes & Noble
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May 6, 7pm: Gods & Demigods Toga Party
Join us for a Greek Celebration with the Magic Tree House & The Trials of Apollo Series by Rick Riordan. Come dressed as your favorite Greek god or demigod. Storytime, Activities, Crafts, Games & Prizes. Kids ages 4 and up. Call 845-567-0782 for a reservation.

New York City
->New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Branch
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Books of Wonder
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May 7th: Mindi Scott and Michelle Andreani (The Way Back to You)

Rhinebeck
Oblong Books & Music
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May 8th: Michelle Zink (A Walk in the Sun)

North Carolina

Asheville
->Malaprops Bookstore
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Fayetteville
Fort Bragg
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Jacksonville
Camp Lejeune
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Raleigh
->Quail Ridge Books & Music
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North Dakota

Minot
->Main Street Books
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May 2: Mo Day Monday with Mo Willems

May 3: Seussical Tuesday with Dr. Seuss

May 3, 4pm: Book Club
Grade 3-5. We will be discussing The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

May 4: Humpless Llama Llama Day

May 4, 10am and 11am: Storytime

May 5: Terrific Jurassic Thursday featuring Dino Books

May 5, 10am and 11am: Storytime

May 6: Fantastical Fairy Tales and Fables

May 7, 11am: Special Golden Book Storytime: Meet the Pokey Little Puppy
Followed by a ceramics decorating activity at 1pm.

May 8: Lazy Sunday Afternoon Storytime
Sleepytime bed books with coloring activity. Buy one, get one on all used books.

Ohio

Cincinnati
->Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Delaware
->Fundamentals
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Oklahoma

Oklahoma City ->Full Circle Bookstore
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Oregon

Beaverton
->Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
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May 1, 2pm: Little Elliot and Georgie's Big Children's Book Week Party with Mike Curato and Ruth Chan (Little Elliot, Big Family) (Where’s the Party)

May 4, 7pm: Bart King with The Drake Equation and Melissa Hart with Avenging the Owl

May 5, 7pm: Sean McGinty with The End of Fun

Medford
Books for Kigutu
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Portland
Green Bean Books
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May 1, 11am: Little Elliot and Georgie's Big Children's Book Week Party with Mike Curato and Ruth Chan (Little Elliot, Big Family) (Where’s the Party)

Pennsylvania

Lansdowne
->Lansdowne Public Library
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Meadsville
->Tattered Corners New & Used Books
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Visit the store to compete in a Book Scavenger Hunt any time between May 5 & 7!
May 7, 11am: Cookies and fun with Splat the Cat!

Sewickley
->Penguin Bookshop
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Rhode Island

Providence
->Books on the Square
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South Carolina

Bluffton
->The Storybook Shoppe
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April 30, 3pm: Curious George Funky Monkey Party (CBW Kickoff Event)
The event features story time, face painting, games, popcorn, and more. Curious George himself will be the guest of honor.

May 2, 10am: Storytime with the Fighters!
Read stories with local firefighters!

May 2 through 6 Book Scavenger Hunt
Clues will be hidden throughout Old Town Bluffton.

Greenville
->Joe's Place
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May 4, 10:30am and 3:30pm: Special "May the Fourth be with You" Story Time

May 5, 3:30pm: Children's Book Trivia

May 6: Bad Kitty Costume and Promotions

May 7, 3pm: Book Scavenger Hunt

South Dakota

Sioux Falls
->The Siouxland Libraries
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(Prairie West branch)
May 2, 7pm: Pajama Storytime

May 3, 10am: Lapsit
May 3, 10:45am: Toddlertime

May 3, 4:15pm: Teenagent Tuesday
Open to grades 4-8. Celebrate the winning Children's Choice Book Awards titles.

May 4, 10am: Preschool Storytime
May 4, 10:45am: Preschool Storytime

May 4, 3:15pm: Imagineers
May the folds be with you! Activities based on the book series Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.

May 7, 10:05am: Curious George
Family storytime and activities with a special guest appearance by Curious George!


Spearfish
->Black Hills State University Bookstore
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Tennessee

Memphis
->The Booksellers at Laurelwood
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May 3, 11am: Special Story Time with Miss Marjorie

May 5, 11am: Special Story Time with Miss Marjorie

May 7, 10am: Pat the Bunny Story Time
Click here for more information.

May 8, 1:30pm: Kate DiCamillo Book Event at the Memphis Public Library
Click here for more information.

Nashville
->Parnassus Books
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Texas

Austin
BookPeople
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May 8th: Amy Tintera (Ruined)

Cedar Hill
->Zula B Wylie Public Library
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May 4, 10:30am: Adventurer's 'May the Fourth Be WIth You' Storytime

May 5, 6:30pm: Cinco De Mayo Celebration

May 6, 10:30am: Discoverer's 'Pete the Cat' Storytime with special guest, Pete himself!

May 7, 10:30am: Bilingual Storytime

Houston
->Blue Willow Bookshop
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May 5, 10am: Special Storytime

May 5, 7pm: Fierce Reads YA Panel with Cecilia Ahern (Flawed), Jennifer Mathieu (The Truth About Alice), Harriet Reuter Hapgood (The Square Root of Summer), and Marie Rutkoski (The Winner's Kiss)

Utah

Provo
->Provo Library
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May 6, 7pm: Children's Book Festival 2016 Keynote Address
Come and hear David Wiesner talk about his work, his influences, and what makes children's books great. Free tickets for the keynote address will be available beginning Saturday, April 23 at 9 am at the Children's Desk. This event is recommended for ages 8 and up, and will be held in the ballroom.

May 7, 11am: Children's Activities
Join us in the Third Floor Academy Wing for a world of imagination, with activities, crafts, an appearance from Peter Rabbit, and more! Book giveaway to children while supplies last.

May 7, 11:30am: Meet David Wiesner and Book Signing
Books will be available for purchase courtesy of the BYU Store. This event will be held in the ballroom.

Salt Lake City
->The King's English Bookshop
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May 2nd, 7pm: Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven King)

May 5th, 7pm Kenneth Oppel (The Nest)

May 6th, 7pm Liesl Shurtliff (Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk)

Vermont

Burlington
->Phoenix Books
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May 7, 11am: Lynn Parrish Sutton (Animally)

May 7, 2pm: Meet the Martha the Talking Dog!

Essex Junction
->Phoenix Books
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May 7, 11am: Meet the Martha the Talking Dog!

Rutland
->Phoenix Books
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May 3, 4:30-6pm: Meet the Martha the Talking Dog!

May 7, 11am: [Stephen Swinburne][322] (Safe in a Storm)

Virginia

Alexandria
->[Hooray For Books!][323]
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Washington

Bellingham
->[Village Books][325]
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Fairhaven Location

May 3, 10:30am: Storytime with Claire! Join Claire in the Kids section every Tuesday at 10:30 for a half an hour of stories, songs, and movement as we read and get silly about books!

May 5, 2pm: Storytime and Visit with the Wild Thing!
Let the Wild Rumpus begin! Join us at Village Books as we welcome a very special guest from the land of the Wild Things in celebration of Children's Book Week. We’ll read stories, and then you’ll have the chance to meet the Wild Thing and take photos, so bring your camera.

May 7, 10:30: [Keith Negley][327] (Tough Guys Have Feelings, Too)

May 7, 2pm: [Martha Brockenbrough][328] (The Game of Love and Death)

May 8, 2pm: Tea with Mom at Book Fare Cafe! In celebration of Mother's Day, we will be hosting a tea-time in Book Fare Café on the mezzanine level of the bookstore. Bring your children and enjoy some tasty treats, a few stories, a craft, and good company. Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at the main counter at Village Books.

Lynden Location

May 4, 11am: Wednesday Story Time in Lynden! Join us at Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden (in the Waples Mercantile Building; 430 Front Street) as we read aloud from some of our favorite books.

May 6, 4pm: Storytime and Visit in Lynden with the Wild Thing! Let the Wild Rumpus begin! Join us at Village Books as we welcome a very special guest from the land of the Wild Things in celebration of Children's Book Week. We’ll read stories, and then you’ll have the chance to meet the Wild Thing and take photos, so bring your camera!

May 7, 10:30am: [Rebecca Van Slyke][329] (Dad School)

Seattle
[University Bookstore][330]
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May 3, 4pm: Little Elliot and Georgie's Big Children's Book Week Party with [Mike Curato][332] and [Ruth Chan][333] (Little Elliot, Big Family) (Where’s the Party)

West Virginia

Charleston
->[Kanawha County Public Library][334]
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Stop in at any location throughout the week to play Book Character I Spy!

Main Library Location

May 2, 11am: [Anna Smucker][336] (Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story) West Virginia author Anna Smucker discusses her picture book and the local history of the Golden Delicious apple.

St. Albans Library Location

May 2, 6pm: [Anna Smucker][337] (Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story) West Virginia author Anna Smucker discusses her picture book and the local history of the Golden Delicious apple.

May 2: A Visit from Bad Kitty

Riverside Library Location

April 29: A Visit from Bad Kitty (CBW Kickoff Event)

May 3, 10:30am: [Anna Smucker][338] (Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story) West Virginia author Anna Smucker discusses her picture book and the local history of the Golden Delicious apple.

Dunbar Library Location

May 3, 3:30pm: [Anna Smucker][339] (Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story) West Virginia author Anna Smucker discusses her picture book and the local history of the Golden Delicious apple.

Morgantown
->[Morgantown Public Library][338]
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May 11, 6:30pm: Celebrate Children's Book Week! Enjoy live music from Wee Bluet and stories from author Cindy Bandy O'Brien (Grandma's Jewelry Box).

Wisconsin

Fort Atkinson
->[The Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop][340]
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May 7, : Meet Corduroy! Celebrate Children's Book Week with Corduroy, and enter to win a Corduroy book and plush bear OR a $22 Gift Certificate! Registration to win is available May 2nd through 7th.

Hudson
[Chapter 2 Books][342]
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Milwaukee
->[Boswell Book Company][344]
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May 4, 6:30pm and May 5, 4:30pm: [Matt Forbeck][346] (Captain America: The Ultimate Guide to the First Avenger) May 4th event hosted at the [Shorewood Public Library][347]
May 5th event hosted at the [Bay View Branch Libary][348]

Wyoming

Casper
->[Wind City Books][349]
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May 2: Bloom and When Spring Comes Read Aloud. Kids are invited to plant seeds for spring at our potting station as we read aloud from Bloom and When Spring Comes.

May 3: Classic Fairy Tales Read Aloud. Join us as we read aloud from classic fairy tales, and discuss The Undone Fairytale and the impact of illustrations in children's books.

May 4: Star Wars Origami Day. We'll provide origami paper to help kids fold their favorite Star Wars characters.

May 5: Downtown Art Walk. After the walk, kids are invited to join us for a pajama party from 5-8pm. There will be read alouds, and milk and cookies.

May 6: A Day for Dorks and Wimps. We will have various activities centered around Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Dork Diaries, including bookmark coloring and building your own diary.

May 7: Dress as Your Favorite Storybook Character. Dress up and join us for read alouds by Paddington Bear, Cake Pops, a make your own book station, and various other activities.