Do You CB What I C?
"Thank you for concern about the change in dates for Children’s Book Week.
This decision was made after much discussion with teachers, librarians, and
booksellers from around the country. Indeed, it took some time for a new date to
be selected because we needed to address the concerns of the entire children’s
We did know that moving the dates might inconvenience those people who have
celebrated CBW in November for years. However, the CBC has received complaints
about the November dates for many years, with teachers and librarians finding
the timing impossible due to Thanksgiving and other holiday interruptions.
When looking for alternative dates, there really was no perfect time.
However, early May provided the best opportunities for promotion and activities
within all constituencies. Also, many of the teachers and librarians we spoke
with noted that this will be a great way to culminate the school year and to
link Children’s Book Week to local summer reading programs, perhaps even making
Children’s Book Week the launch of Summer Reading.
I hope you will be able to join the celebration this Spring and in the
future. Because the November dates were so difficult for so many organizations,
we know that the move will enable a larger number of schools, libraries, and
bookstores to participate in Children’s Book Week.
Thank you again for your input. Please let me know if you have any further
questions or concerns.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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