Reading is a Superpower



"Reading is a Superpower" is the theme of Children's Book Week, celebrated November 8-14, 2021 and sponsored by Every Child a Reader, in association with the Children's Book Council. The Book of Life is happy to be a Children's Book Week Partner.

This year's theme is brought to life by the Superpower Challenge, inviting kids to name "a skill, personal trait, or passion that plays an important role in your life, helps you do good in the world, and makes you feel special, happy, and confident." 

What's your superpower? Mine is the ability to quickly locate library books based on very minimal descriptions like "It's got a blue cover" or "It had a pumpkin in it." The superpower of Whistle, the subject of November's Book of Life episode, is to communicate with dogs and have the sensory perception of dogs. A superpower of Whistle's creator, E. Lockhart, is to seamlessly add a Jewish neighborhood into Gotham City, making it feel as if it had always been there. Other authors and illustrators offer their own superpower inspiration on the Every Child a Reader website.

You can encourage the kids in your life to complete activities and share their own superpowers by filling out the Superpower Challenge form, during Children's Book Week or any time! Educators can find expansion activities in the Reading is a Superpower Educator Kit. And you can celebrate the world's newest Jewish superhero by listening to my Book of Life interview with E. Lockhart about her graphic novel Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero after the episode drops on November 1, 2021. Thanks to Every Child a Reader for partnering with me to promote this episode!

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