November 12-18 celebrates the 88th Children’s Book Week in the United States.
The ability to read and understand complicated information is essential to success in school and in the workplace. So much of today’s information is only available through the written word – in books, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, etc. Unfortunately, the statistics are staggering: analysis of the National Assessment of Educational Progress long-term trend reading assessments reveals that “by age 17, only about 1 in 17 seventeen year olds can read and gain information from specialized text, for example the science section in the local newspaper.”
During Children’s Book Week, parents, educators and caregivers are encouraged to face the challenge and take a stand: children cannot “Rise Up” to this challenge without first developing a love of reading.
A poem by Pam Munõz Ryan is featured on this year’s bookmark. Special publicity displays were created by various illustrators, including Ana Juan and Jon J. Muth. Proceeds from the sale of materials help support CBC‘s literacy efforts.