Children’s Book Week
The first week of May is Children’s Book Week AND National Screen Free Week!
Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and booksconnect.
Village Books donates 10% of all kids' book purchases made during Children's Book Week to the Children's departments of the city and county libraries!
And for the first time, National Screen Free Week coincides with CBW to create the perfect pairing.
Check out the variety of free events (authors not attending) the store has planned to keep kids engaged and having fun with books.
Tuesday, May 2, 10:30am - Story Time with Claire featuring Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends - This will be a very special Tuesday story time in the Kids section, celebrating everyone's favorite blue engine, Thomas! *author does not attend*
Lynden store - Wednesday, May 3, 11am - Story Time featuring I Don’t Want to Be Big! By Dev Petty - Poor Little Frog doesn't want to grow up. Hear stories about a favorite frog with the big personality. *author does not attend*
Thursday, May 4, 2pm - The Story Starts Here picture book event - The good folks at Scholastic have provided VB with supplies to create a great event that celebrates the love of reading, including a giant book, and some goodies to give away! Join for an hour of fun activities, stories, and games!
Friday, May 5, 4pm - Story Time & Visit with Skippyjon Jones - Attend a rousing story time with everyone's favorite Siamese cat who dreams of being a Chihuahua. Bring your camera - this will be a great opportunity for some fun photos with Skippyjon himself!
Lynden store - Saturday, May 6, 11am - Story Time & Visit with Skippyjon Jones
Saturday, May 6, noon-1pm - Screen-Free activity hour featuring 150 Screen-Free Activities - Wind up National Screen Free Week with a bang. Join VB in Fairhaven for an hour of activities taken from this bestselling book and staff favorite by one very crafty mom.
Sunday, May 7, 4pm - Todd Warger & Ellen Clark, Big Ole: A Timber Mill Whistle in Bellingham - What better way to finish out Children’s Book Week than with a great local story? Big Ole: A Timber Mill Whistle in Bellingham is the story of a beloved whistle named by Scandinavian lumber mill workers. It is a real story about a truly revered mill whistle that once shrieked loudly across Bellingham Bay, being heard in communities as far as Blaine during the turn of the 20th Century until removed in 1942.
What makes this story special is the addition of a photo scrapbook at the end. This scrapbook is filled with true ephemera from Big Ole’s life, including photographs of him, where he worked, logging in his day and his travels to Port Alberni. It even includes newspaper clippings and poems written about him.
- Todd A. Warger is an Emmy Award nominee for the documentary film The Mountain Runners. He is a recipient of the Washington State Historical Society’s 2008 David Douglas award for the documentary film Shipyard. He is also the co-author of Images of America: Mount Baker. He lives in Bellingham.
- Ellen Clark has kept a daily visual journal for many years and has written and illustrated several children’s books. Ellen was an instigator in bringing the SCBWI Network (The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) to Bellingham and facilitated the local group for two years.