Owner Portia Ezell said that from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., she would be reading stories in her Marion Street bookshop. She said she didn’t know exactly what those stories might be, but would be glad to hear from the kids that attend.
According to www.bookweekonline.com, Children’s Book Week started in 1919.
“Since 1919, Children’s Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes-any place where there are children and books,” the website says. “Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children’s books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book related events.
“It all began with the idea that children’s books can change lives. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.