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Join Build Your Stack in Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week!

This blog post is written by Lynsey Burkins, NCTE member and chair of the Build Your Stack committee.


April 29 to May 5 is a very special week for children’s books—it marks the annual celebration of books for young readers and the joy of reading sponsored by the Children’s Book Council. Children’s Book Week was established in 1919 and has held events in schools, homes, libraries, and bookstores each year to help young readers connect to books.

Build Your Stack® is a National Council of Teachers of English initiative focused exclusively on helping teachers build their book knowledge and their classroom libraries. We believe that the right book in the right hands can transform a life. That’s why #BuildYourStack is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week with a week of opportunities to join in and celebrate the joy of reading with us!


Ways You Can Celebrate with Us:


Read Our Daily Build Your Stack Blog Posts

These #BuildYourStack posts are written by passionate educators who believe in the power of books. Look for these captivating posts that will be sure to add to your stack of go-to texts!

Monday: Author Instagram Inspiration

Tuesday: Paving the Way to Reading through Song (Broadway Edition)

Wednesday: El Regalo de Textos Informatorios / The Gift of Informational Texts

Thursday: Using Text Sets to Make Connections across Human Experiences

Friday: Inclusive Stories Affirming Gender Diversity

Also, if you like what you see and want to share YOUR stack of texts with the Build Your Stack community, we’d love to hear from you! Share your current reads on Instagram and Twitter using #BuildYourStack or submit your own blog post to be included in the initiative! (Note: This opportunity is open to NCTE members. Not a member yet? Join today!)


Share Your Favorite Children’s Book Quote on Twitter

Have a favorite quote from a children’s book? Who doesn’t? Here’s your chance to share yours with the Build Your Stack Twitter community!

On Monday, April 29, we’ll pin a tweet to the top of our account asking educators to share their favorite book quotes in a thread using #BuildYourStack and #BookWeek100.

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week, our goal is to reach 100 quotes by Friday evening. We will also be selecting some of the quotes to post to our Instagram account and will post all of the quotes shared in a wrap-up blog post. Join us!


Join Us for a Build Your Stack Event in Dublin, Ohio, on May 4, 2019

Dublin City Schools Emerald Campus 5175 Emerald Pkwy, Dublin, OH 43017

10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This event celebrates the love of books and the educators who put the books in children’s hands. Teachers from central Ohio area school districts will share their go-to stacks of texts for all who can attend. There will be light refreshments, books for sale, and opportunities to learn more about NCTE at the event.


  • 20-minute sessions for elementary, middle, and secondary educators featuring area teachers and students talking about their favorite texts and how to use them in the classroom
  • A variety of titles available from Selection Book Fairs to help build your classroom library
  • Opportunities to learn about and become a member of the National Council of Teachers of English

Interested in attending? RSVP now. You can also download a copy of the flyer to share with others.


How are YOU celebrating the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week? Let us know on Twitter using #BuildYourStack!