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All this week kids and adults all across the country are celebrating Children’s Book Week. Administered by Every Child A Reader and sponsored by the Children's Book Council, Children's Book Week celebrates the transformative power of literacy. Sadly, this year Children’s Book Week also marked the passing of Maurice Sendak, one of the greatest children’s book authors and illustrators the world has ever known.

Author of such classics as Where the Wild Things Are and Outside Over There, Sendak also partnered with other great children’s writers to illustrate treasured books such as the “Little Bear” series written by Else Holmelund Minarik. He will be missed, but his books will not soon be forgotten. Indeed, he will always remind us of the importance of imagination in sparking children’s desire to read.

Do think of Maurice Sendak as you check out the line-up of Official Book Week events being held around this country this week. Over 40 cities are hosting author and illustrator events during Book Week (May 7-13, 2012). If you can’t make any of these live events there is also a Digital Toolkit page for downloads to print or use online in your library, or classroom!

Naturally, this would be a great week to check out the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books winners. The prizes celebrate outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults and encourage the writing and publishing of high-quality science books for all age groups. You can also find Science NetLinks lesson plans developed around the prize winning books on the collection page devoted to the Prizes.

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