Celebrate Children’s Book Week with Reading-Related Fun from CHPL

Written by Melissa Gartner, Children’s Librarian, Elmwood Place Branch 

Children’s Book Week is a nationwide celebration of books and reading for young people. Across the country, events are held to spark a joy of reading in young people. During the first week in May, your family can participate in a variety of entertaining superhero-themed events at CHPL 

I look forward to Children’s Book Week every year because it is a great way to celebrate reading and help kids see that it can be fun. I hope kids and parents realize that it doesn’t matter what you read: print novels, graphic novels, audiobooks, picture books, etc. All that matters is that you find something you like and read it. 

Superhero Storytimes 

Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to superhero-themed storytimes at our branch libraries during Children's Book Week. Our Greenhills Branch also is offering two outdoor Superheroes Unite storytimes on Saturday, May 8. Registration is required. Participants ages 3-6 receive their own superhero capes ahead of time to decorate at home. Then they can wear their completed capes at the program! Check out one of the capes modeled by a Greenhills customer:


Knuffle Bunny Show & Tell 

Parents and preschoolers can sign up for our virtual Knuffle Bunny Show & Tell programs Wednesday, May 5, and Friday, May 7. When you sign up online, you’ll request a Knuffle Bunny painting kit be sent to the branch of your choice. Or, stop by any branch and pick up a printout to color or paint. Or, download the printout now.

Save Circulation City

Kids ages 6 and up can stop by any branch to pick up a bio sheet or download one here , opens a new windowand then work together to save Circulation City during our interactive Zoom programs Monday and Tuesday, May 3-4, and Thursday, May 6 

Learn to Draw Videogame Characters

Young artists in grades 3-6 learn to draw their favorite videogame characters with artist Steve Harpster. Registration is required and the Zoom link is sent the day of the event.

Have Fun Reading 

The best way to participate in Children’s Book Week is simply to read as much as possible with your child. Need some suggestions? Take a look at this list of recommendations from our Children’s Librarians, or stop by a branch to see which titles they recommend.  

Is your family taking part in Children’s Book Week? Post pictures of yourself reading or participating in one of our events and tag us @cincylibrary.