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Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Greenlight Bookstore

Greenlight Bookstore presents a week of readings, author visits, and panel discussions in honor of the national literacy initiative

Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week Photograph: courtesy Children's Book Week

The century-old, weeklong celebration of books and literacy is just around the corner! This year, Greenlight Bookstore is amping up Children’s Book Week—the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country—with author and illustrator visits to public and charter schools, a festive story time, and a panel featuring local authors from May 12 to 18.

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Throughout the week, local authors will present their work to students at schools in Brooklyn and Queens. On May 12, Jacqueline Smith, author of Patchwork Helps a Friend, will visit P.S. 20 in Fort Greene. George O’Conner will bring his series, The Olympians, to Park Slope’s Hellenic Classical Charter School on May 13. Patricia Lakin will discuss Bruno and Lulu’s Playground Adventures at Leadership Prep Ocean Hill in Brooklyn, and on May 16, Georgia Clark will present Parched at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills.

While school visits aren’t open to the public, you too can participate in Children’s Book Week at a panel discussion of contemporary children’s literature and current literacy-related issues on May 16 at Greenlight Bookstore (7:30pm). The panel will be moderated by children’s librarian Allie Jane Bruce and will feature authors and illustrators Sophie Blackall (The Baby Tree), Doreen Cronin (Click Clack Moo, Boom Snot Twitty), Chris Raschka (A Ball for Daisy), and Dan Yaccarino (Doug Unplugged, Count on the Subway).

On Saturday, May 17, round up your little bookworms and head to the children’s section of the bookstore for staff story time with readings, autographed copies of books by local authors, prizes and giveaways. 

Book-related events aren’t restricted to Children’s Book Week dates; be sure to keep your eye out for author visits at your young reader’s school in the upcoming weeks!

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