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Children's Books 101

Learn about the different types of children's books available, how to encourage your child to read books for children, and the basics of using the About Children's Books site.
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How To Tips
These How To Tips related to children's books include tips on reading aloud to your child, finding bargain books, leading a storytime, contacting a favorite author, and more.

What’s The Scoop on Children’s Books and an Excess of Lead?
Controversy surrounds some of the provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). What’s The Scoop on Children’s Books and an Excess of Lead? Is there too much lead in children's books published before 1985 or is it much ado about nothing. After all, the Act was passed due to imported toys with a high lead content, not...

What is the National Book Festival?
The National Book Festival is an annual event, a project of the Library of Congress. The 2011 National Book Festival features more than 100 authors and illustrators, including many authors and illustrators of children's books.

What Is International Children's Book Day?
Check this FAQ to learn all about International Children's Book Day, which is celebrated every year in April. International Children's Book Day is generally held on or around April 2, the birth date of Hans Christian Andersen.

What Is D.E.A.R. and What Does It Have to do With Beverly Cleary?
National Drop Everything and Read Day (D.E.A.R.) is held annually on April 12, the birthday of children's book author Beverly Cleary. The purpose of D.E.A.R. is to encourage families to read together every day. One of the most popular characters created by Beverly Cleary - Ramona Quimby - is the spokesperson for D.E.A.R.

What and When is TD Canadian Children's Book Week?
TD Canadian Children's Book Week is the largest celebration of children's books in Canada. TD Canadian Children's Book Week is an annual celebration.

What is Read Across America and what does it have to do with Dr. Seuss?
What is Read Across America and what does it have to do with Dr Seuss and his birthday on March 2? Who started Read Across America and why does it feature Dr. Seuss? What does it have to do with children's books?

What is the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)?
You may have heard the terms ALSC and the Association for Library Service to Children and wondered about them. The Association for Library Service to Children, also known as ALSC, is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). It administers some of the most well known children's book awards and notable children's books lists.

What and When Is Teen Tech Week?
Learn all about the annual Teen Tech Week and what it has to do with libraries.

Review of the eReader My Child / Teen Uses
Read what readers have to say about the eReader they bought their kids or teens and add your own review if your children have an e-reader; include what you like and dislike about the eReaders.See submissions

What and When Is World Read Aloud Day?
World Read Aloud Day focuses attention on the need for literacy worldwide and the impact parents can have on their children's literacy by reading aloud children's books to them.

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