On Tuesday, January 23, Every Child a Reader revealed the official 2018 Children’s Book Week poster commemorating the 99th annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, which will be held April 30–May 6.
This year’s poster was designed by award-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki and is based on the theme “One world, many stories,” which highlights the power of books to appeal to readers of all backgrounds.
“It was amazing to be the 99th(!) person to take on this venerable assignment,” said Tamaki. “I chose to explore the theme of globalism via animals from all around the world. I love drawing animals, and most people like looking at animals. Since the poster will be up all year, my wish was to create something that was really fun to look at with lots of nooks and crannies to get lost in. Maybe you will see something the second, third, or fourth time you look at the poster that you didn’t notice the first.”
Registration to serve as an official event location for Children’s Book Week is now open. Schools, libraries, and bookstores across all 50 states are encouraged to host dedicated story times, activity hours, author/illustrator events, and scheduled Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards voting times.
In addition to receiving the Children’s Book Week poster and access to downloadable materials, including bookmarks with art by five prominent illustrators and an original Every Child a Reader graphic novel, all participants will also be included in a national publicity campaign and listed on an online interactive map. The deadline for event location signup is February 9.
Tamaki, who lives in Toronto, is the co-creator, with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, of Skim and This One Summer, which won a Caldecott Honor and Printz Award in 2015. Her own graphic novels include SuperMutant Magic Academy and Boundless. Her first picture book, They Say Blue, will be released in 2018.
Children’s Book Week, launched in 1919, is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.