The first week of Feb­ru­ary is Chil­dren’ s Authors and Illus­tra­tors Week, a cel­e­bra­tion start­ed by Chil­drens Authors Net­work (CAN) to pro­mote a love of read­ing, writ­ing, and sto­ry­telling in “schools, libraries and children’s shel­ters all over the coun­try.”



Dur­ing the vis­its the authors and illus­tra­tors give pre­sen­ta­tions or lead work­shops on their craft to inspire stu­dents to cre­ate art on their own. How cool is that?


Anoth­er great way to cel­e­brate the week is by vis­it­ing your local library or book­store and load­ing up on hilar­i­ous, beau­ti­ful­ly drawn, insight­ful, inspir­ing children’s books for your favorite lit­tle ones.  Read them togeth­er (or by your­self, it’s fine. If peo­ple can run around read­ing 50 Shades in pub­lic like it’d NBD, sin ver­guen­za, then cer­tain­ly it’s accept­able to read Frog and Toad alone in a cof­fee shop! ) and have a mini book club after! You can dis­cuss what you think hap­pens after the sto­ry ends and unlike nor­mal book club you’ll be sure that every­one has read the book ;)


The gen­der pol­i­tics of The Giv­ing Tree are sketch, you guys”

This week is also a good time to mar­vel at the amaz­ing skills of children’s books artists. Their work is imag­i­na­tive, sil­ly, fun, end­less­ly re-readable.The George and Martha series by James Mar­shall is clev­er and fun while mod­el­ing a true, car­ing friend­ship between two insep­a­ra­ble hip­pos.



This is Not My  Hat and I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen are amaz­ing books that I read as an adult, still laugh­ing out loud and enjoy­ing every page. Best sur­prise end­ing since The Six­th Sense, IMHO.


So sus­pense­ful!

Final shoutout to Lit­tle Gold­en Books , which have some of the best, most col­or­ful pic­tures and sto­ries that have enter­tained gen­er­a­tions of read­ers.


I love this book soooo much <3


plus they look so pret­ty stacked up on your shelf


Mar­garet Wise Brown and Richard Scar­ry are the best! Also Polite Ele­phant is sooo polite to wash up for din­ner at that tiny lit­tle sink!

Have a great Children’s Authors and Illus­tra­tors Week and tell us about your favorites!

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