This year, National Young Readers Week begins on November 14. In 1984, Pizza Hut and the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book launched its national “BOOK IT!” program for young readers to reach monthly reading goals and earn a free personal-sized pizza.
While a free pizza makes for a good incentive, the overall mission of the “BOOK IT!” program and National Young Readers Week is to improve literacy and encourage children across the country to discover the joy of reading.
There are many benefits to reading from a young age, including supporting cognitive development, improving language skills and improving concentration and creativity. When children are encouraged to read from a young age, they are set on a path for success and a lifelong love of reading and learning, and they can learn more about themselves and the world around them.
For young readers, Tumblebooks is a great resource available through your Yonkers Public Library card. This online collection offers access to hundreds of animated, talking picture books, as well as reading comprehension quizzes and educational games. Biblioteca Tumblebooks is also available for Spanish-speaking young readers.
Check out some of these great books or ask a children’s librarian for a recommendation.
Be sure to join us at your local branch this week for any of these great programs for young readers!
Monday, Nov. 14
- America Reads from 3:00-6:00 PM – Riverfront Branch, Small People’s Place
Tuesday, Nov. 15
- Read to Cooper the Therapy Dog from 4:00-5:00 PM – Will Branch, Lower Lobby-Inside. There is a waiting list for this program.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
- Music & Merriment with Ms. Judy from 9:30-10:00 AM – Crestwood Branch, Children’s Room
- Sing, Sign, and Storytime from 11:00-11:30 AM – Riverfront Branch, Small People’s Place
Thursday, Nov. 17
- 1000 Book Thursdays at 10:30-11:00 AM – Crestwood Branch, Children’s Room
- Storytime @ Will at 10:30-11:00 AM – Will Branch, Lower Lobby-Inside
- Thanksgiving Toddler Time from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM- Riverfront Branch, Small People’s Place
Friday, Nov. 18
- Crestwood Saturday Storytime from 10:30-11:00 AM- Crestwood Branch, Children’s Room
- Father Goose Stories from 11:00-11:45 AM – Riverfront Branch
- America Reads from 2:30-5:00 PM – Riverfront Branch, Small People’s Place
Alison Robles is a part-time page at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for fantasy, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.