Blue Baboon Books Celebrates Children's Book Week
As part of a global celebration of the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week, Blue Baboon Books will host a variety of storytimes, crafts, and festivities.
Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.
The following events and activities are free and open to the public.
- A Bookmark a Day: Each day we're going to be making different kinds of creative and clever bookmarks, and there will be a special PRIZE for anyone who joins us for four or more bookmark-making sessions.
- Tuesday, April 30 @ 5 p.m.: Color-Your-Own Bookmarks
- Wednesday, May 1 @ 5 p.m.: Monster Bookmarks
- Thursday, May 2 @ 5 p.m.: Unicorn Bookmarks
- Friday, May 3 @ 5 p.m.: Bookworm Bookmarks
- Saturday, May 4 @ 3 p.m.: Pom-Pom Bookmarks
- Pajama Jam -- 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2: We can't have Children's Book Week without a Pajama Jam, can we? Nope. For our Children's Book Week Pajama Jam, we're featuring one of our favorites: "Llama Llama Red Pajama." In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn’t come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama’s need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama’s reassuring message. Blue Baboon Books' Pajama Jams are the stuff of legend! Our guests are encouraged to come dressed in their bedtime best: pajamas, stuffed animals, blankets, and pillows. We sing. We dance. And we, of course, read!
- "We Don't Eat Our Classmates" storytime -- 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 1: It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all.
- "Press Here" storytime PLUS -- 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!
- Read Around the Rosy -- 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4: Read Around the Rosy is one of the weekly events we'll be adding to our summer schedule, and what better time to debut it than during Children's Book Week? This event is meant to encourage children to read aloud to adults in a round-robin format to the attending adults. Each child will start with his or her own adult, and read aloud to him or her for about two or three minutes. Then the kids will rotate one adult, and read to that adult for two or three minutes. Children are encouraged to bring their own books to read aloud, but we will have some extras on hand. This event is open to any age group. Kids can read beginning reading texts or chapter books, depending on their reading level. This event has several goals in mind:
- Improving reading fluency.
- Building reading confidence.
- Helping children learn to communicate with different adults.
- Making reading fun!
- Comic Book Workshop -- 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4: Participants will be able to explore the world of comic-book creation, including planning, drawing, inking, and writing. Comic book kits created by some of the greatest contemporary graphic novel and comic geniuses – Gale Galligan (Baby-Sitter’s Club), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Chad Sell (Cardboard Kingdom), and more – will guide guests through artistic exercises to stimulate creative juices and put aspiring artists on the road to creating their own comic books.