Celebrating Children's Book Week with FREE Books for Kids

Friday, May 3, 2024

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#  Imagining Worlds: A Tribute to Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week takes place every year in May. The purpose of this event is to promote the love of reading and to encourage children to explore the wonderful world of literature. This week-long celebration is marked with various activities and events across the country, including book readings, storytelling sessions, and book fairs. 

If you're looking for great stories, storytimes or a chance to meet a children's book author, Jacksonville Public Library is the perfect place to start looking! For Children's Book Week 2024 (May 6-12), we have an extra special event at the Main Library with our partners from New Worlds Reading.

# Get Free Books for Kids - VPK through 5th Grade

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Are you looking for ways to help your child develop their reading skills? Want to make sure they're reading on grade level? Stop by the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville on Friday, May 10, from 4:30 - 7 p.m. for the first-ever New Worlds Reading Book Bash

This fun-filled, family-friendly event will include appearances by Clifford the Big Red Dog, reading activity stations, face painting, community resources, raffles, grab-and-go food and an exciting author read-aloud by Emma Carlson Berne, author of Animals to the Rescue! Balto! Plus, kids can pick up FREE books and food (while supplies last)! 



# Book Recommendations


Little Learners (ages 0-5)



Early Elementary (ages 6 - 10)



Middle Grades (ages 11 - 14)



Attention River City Readers:

Are you participating in Mayor Deegan's River City Readers challenge? Through the Beanstack app, children and their caregivers will be able to log their reading minutes with an individual goal of reading at least 20 minutes per day, and a citywide goal of reading 300,000 minutes over the next 365 days. At the end of the year, the city’s top young readers will be given prizes!

Join the Challenge

  1. Go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Download and open the Beanstack Tracker app.
  2. You can also register and log your reading minutes on the Beanstack website at https://jaxpl.beanstack.com.
  3. Using the Find a Site search bar, type Jax Library or River City Readers