This year marks 100 years of celebrating the joy of reading and books written for children during Children’s Book Week. The week dedicated to “inspiring a love of reading in children and teens across America” will be April 29 – May 5, 2019. The theme this year, Read Now ∙ Read Forever, highlights the past and future of children’s literature. Boone County Public Library is excited to be a part of the celebration on Wednesday,
May 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington.
Courtesy of the parent organization, Every Child a Reader, there will be many activities to enjoy at our celebration. Children young and old can:
- Make a Daniel Tiger puppet
- Play Shark Lady Mix and Match
- Draw your own comic book
- Vote for Children’s and Teen Choice Awards
- Fold Seasame Street origami bookmarks
- Puzzles, coloring, and much more!
Those in attendance will get to meet local authors, hear their stories, and even have the chance to take some of the books home! We are pleased to welcome the following authors to our event:
Written and illustrated by Anderson Township resident, Lyndsay and Lainey Lion books follow the antics of sister lion cubs at the Sunnyville City Zoo. Each book introduces readers to a new and fascinating animal through a fun story-line and delightful illustrations. The books are geared toward children Pre-K through Third grade.
Whimsical, handcrafted books for infants and preschoolers with sweet, simple stories to hold the attention span of your little ones. Digital books available on all platforms, but those on iBooks feature music composed by husband Robert Downie.
Inspired by a dream about a city that was full of magic and vivid colors, Marcie traveled to a city where houses floated on water and a whimsical playground hidden deep in the sea. The character Tubs the cat is based on Marcie’s real life pet, a 35lb cat named Rusty.
Special Education teacher and writer from Florence, KY enjoys working with her daughter, the illustrator of their first book, Seven Colors of the Rainbow. The vibrant colors appeal to young learners and those with special needs.
Karla Harney Thompson lives in the big white house, in the big backyard. She is on first-name basis with all the little critters who have built their homes around her yard. The groundhog family featured in Peaches in July, is the first book in a series of six children’s books, introducing a host of charming characters who have a story to tell, a skill to share, and a moral to learn. Karla’s second book, “A Messy Situation”, will be released very soon!
Young Adult Literature
Her debut novel, Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee (Melody Press, 2017), is a young adult, historical fiction novel inspired by the story of a real-life Chinese Yankee named Joseph Pierce. Earning the Skipping Stones 2018 Honor Award for Multicultural Teen Fiction and 2018 Royal Butterfly Award Honorable Mentions for Historical Fiction and Cultural Diversity, it is five-star rated by Readers’ Favorite and LitPick.
Her first series, Forest of the Mist has two books published with Soul Mate Publishing. The last book in the series was released on Dec 5th. This young adult series features alternate reality, time-travel, and romance. Her second series, the Sasha Bishop trilogy, has two books out, with the last book in that series to release this year.
Troy Pendleton & Charles Little
After noticing a lack of new and creative ideas, as well as a loss of traditional values in the book and comic book industry, these friends decided to strike out on their own. The goal– to one day fill the bookshelves and digital stores with books and comics for all ages, creating great new legends that will be remembered and loved by generations to come.
We hope that you will come celebrate the lasting magic and beauty of children’s literature with us on May 1st!