Tomorrow begins National Children's Book Week, sponsored by the Children's Book Council. The theme of this year's celebration is "Plant a Seed ... Read!" It reflects the nurturing, mind- expanding influence books have on children.
Noted children's writer and illustrator Eric Carle created the poster, which is designed to inspire children to "plant" themselves in a book. The theme also encourages parents to think early about raising readers.
For help selecting books for your child, send for the annual listing of "Children's Choices," more than 300 books popular with children in grades pre-K to 8. Send a 9-by-12-inch self- addressed envelope with $1.01 postage affixed to: International Reading Association, P.O. Box 8139, Newark, Del. 19714-8139.
For ideas about children's books, visit the council's Web site: www.cbcbooks.org. Here are some of them.
"Hot Off the Presses" offers parents a sneak preview at what book publishers anticipate as best sellers for children. Click on "Choosing Children's Books" for things to keep in mind when selecting books for a specific age.
Want to know more about your favorite author or illustrator? On this page, you will find a list of 75 of the most prominent new authors and illustrators in children's books. Click on an author and find out more.
Go to this page and find an alphabetical listing of famous children's authors and illustrators, with links to their Web sites.