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Celebrate Children's Book Week


Pick up one of your childhood favorites at the West Linn library

Take a moment to close your eyes and think about your favorite book as a child. Who were your favorite characters and what did the illustrations look like? by: SUBMITTED - Children's Book Week

Where was your favorite place to read? A cushy chair? Under the covers of your bed with a flashlight? In your parent’s lap?

Books have been a special part of my life for as long as I can remember. I can close my eyes and vividly picture the illustrations in many of my favorite childhood picture books. Growing up, I was fortunate to have a mother who also loved books and would read to me daily from the time I was a little baby. These early experiences definitely contributed to shaping the person I am today and to this day I treasure the books I read as a child.

Each year, Children’s Book Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading and focus on fostering a love of books in our children. First established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is celebrated nationwide in libraries, bookstores, schools and homes. Children’s Book Week is organized by Every Child a Reader, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting programs that enhance the public’s understanding of the importance of reading and encourage a lifelong love of reading in children.

Today we know that research has proven the life-changing impact an early exposure to books and reading can have on a child. We know how important it is to read to our children on a daily basis, how important it is to make reading an enjoyable experience. Children’s Book Week simply gives us all a week to reflect on what books have meant to us, and how we will, in turn, pass a love of reading on to our children. How will you celebrate Children’s Book Week? 

To find out about local Children’s Book Week events visit bookweekonline.com.

Here are three of my favorite childhood books that can be found at the West Linn Public Library:

“The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - 'The Story of Ferdinand' is a timeless classic and can be found at the West Linn Public Library.

Ferdinand is not your typical angry and aggressive bull. He is content to sit under the cork tree and sniff flowers. Mellow Ferdinand remains peaceful even when faced with a bullfighter and a crowd of screaming fans. “The Story of Ferdinand” is a timeless classic.

“Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Celebrate Children's Book Week by reading 'Where the Sidewalk Ends' with a child.“Where the Sidewalk Ends” is still one of my all-time favorite books of poetry. Silverstein’s work is always perfect parts silly and emotional and, when combined with his simple yet unique illustrations, creates a collection that can be read over and over again and still bring chuckles and smiles.

Richard Scarry’s “Best Mother Goose Ever”

I read this book so many times as a young child that I still remember what the paper felt like between my fingers. This book brings together all of the classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes with the cheerful animal characters Scarry is so well known for.