•                         2019-2020
    SHANE EVANS  - NOVEMBER 12, 2019
    CHRISTOPHER MYERS - MARCH 18, 2020 (cancelled)
                SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIRS 
                  AT NEWTOWN LIBRARY
                        Fall Book Fair     
                           December 2-December 6, 2019
                    SPRING BOOK FAIR
                      April 20- April 24, 2020 (cancelled)
                             BUCKS COUNTY READING OLYMPICS 2020
                                                                 ALSO VISIT YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY!!!!!!!!!
                                                                     Bucks County Free Library    
                                                                               It's free !!!!!!!!
                   Children's DAY/Book DAY
                                                                             International Children's Book Day
                                       APRIL 2, 2020
                                          READ ACROSS AMERICA
                                         MARCH 2, 2020/MONDAY
                       ********* CELEBRATE MARCH 1, 2020*********
                                                THINK SEUSS !!!!!
                                           "HATS OFF TO DR. SEUSS!"
                                       CELEBRATING 116 YEARS YOUNG!! 
                                                                  WORLD READ ALOUD DAY
                                                              FEBRUARY 5, 2020
                                             CHANGE THE WORLD, STORY BY STORY
                                                                    ON MARCH 7, 2012 THOSE WHO TOOK ACTION
                                                                 SUPPORTED THE 793 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
                                                                               WHO CANNOT READ OR WRITE.
                                       READ ALOUD. CHANGE THE WORLD.
                                                           TEEN READ MONTH OCTOBER
                     March,2020:Teen Tech Week
                     CELEBRATING 60+ YEARS OF
                      NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
                                           April 19-25, 2020
                                Theme: "FIND YOUR PLACE AT THE LIBRARY"
     Unlimited possibilities are available at your library every day. In countless communities across our nation, children, students, and adults turn to libraries to learn, grow and achieve.  

                                  NATIONAL D.E.A.R. DAY - NATIONAL DROP EVERYTHING AND READ DAY
                                                        APRIL 12
                             HONOR BEVERLY CLEARY BIRTHDAY
                                                SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH
                                                 APRIL, 2020
                                                 NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 
                                                 POEM IN YOUR POCKET
    Join the Academy of American Poets in celebrating POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY. The idea is simple: select a poem you love, carry it with you, and share it with co-workers, family, and friends on Poem in your Pocket  Day. Each year, poems from pockets throughout the United States will be unfolded at events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.
                                                           CELEBRATE POETRY EVERYDAY!!
    The PA YOUNG READER'S CHOICE AWARD IS SPONSORED BY THE PA School Librarians Association. The purpose of the award is to promote the reading of quality books by young people in the Commonwealth of PA, to promote teacher and librarian involement in children's and young adult literature, and to honor authors whose works have been recognized by the students of PA.
    2019-2020 WINNERS
    Kindergarten-Grade 3
    WE Don't Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Higgins
    Grades 3-6
    Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
    Grades 6-8
    Float by Laura Martin
    Young Adult
    Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
    2006 Book Winner
    Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by author/illustrator Lindsay Barrett George
    2007 Book Winner
    A Splendid Friend, Indeed by author/illustrator Suzanne Bloom
    2008 Book Winner
    Up, Down, and Around by author Katherine Ayres and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott
    2009 Book Winner
    If You Were A Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
    2010 Book Winner
    What a Treasure!  by Jane and Will Hillenbrand
    2011 Book Winner
    Whose Shoes? A Shoe For Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne
    2012 Book Winner
    Stop Snoring Bernard! by Zachariah O'Hora
    2013 Book Winner
    The Bus For Us by Suzanne Bloom
    2014 Book Winner
    Stripes Of All Types by author/illustrator Susan Stockdale
    2015 Book Winner
    Number One Sam by author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli
    2016 Book Winner
    Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by author/illustrator Will Hillenbrand 
    2017 Book Winner
    Daniel Finds A Poem by Micha Archer
    2018 Book Winner
    My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora
    2019 Book Winner
    Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming  AND
    Not A Box by Antoinette Portis
    2020 Book Winners 
    Freight Train by Donald Crews  AND
    Bugs! Bugs! BUGS! by Bob Barner
         DID YOU KNOW?
          Will Hillenbrand visited Newtown Elementary on 10/25/2006 and Lindsey Barrett George on 3 /13/ 2002.  
        wow do we know how to pick them!!!!!!!!
     This is a valuable program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers.
                                   APRIL, 2020
    The celebration of children, families, and reading held annually to emphasize the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. 
    Launched in 1919, Children's Book Week will celebrate its 101th anniversary on May 4-May 10, 2020. For two years in a row, CBW will be celebrated two times during the year! Fall: November 9-15, 2020
    The first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature position was established in 2008 to bring national attention to young people's literature and its importance, not only in terms of literacy and education but also in terms of bettering each young person's life. Each ambassador is chosen by a committee made up of members of the book world.
    Katherine Paterson named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature on  January 5, 2010. /2011.   The Stinky Cheese Man,  Mr. Jon Scieszka (2008-09) has been replaced by the Queen of Terabithia.
    They have nothing in common, these two , and yet everything in common. At the Library of Congress the ceremony of succession was accomplished and a proud nation with so-so reading habits got a new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
    She is Katherine Paterson, the award-winning author of more than 30 books, probably best- known for " Bridge to Terabithia," which was published and Newbery-Medaled in the late 1970s.  The outgoing ambassador is Jon Scieszka, the award-winning author of more than three dozen illustrated books and chapter books and the web-savvy creator  of an online kid empire.
    The ambassador's role is to raise national awareness about the importance of young people's literature in getting young readers off to a good start.  By picking two different writers as the first two ambassadors, the program reminds parents that there are many different ways to be a reader.
    Paterson says, "Read for your life,"  "Read for your life as a member of a family, as a part of a community, as a citizen of this country and a citizen of the world.
    NEWS about the new New Ambassador.
    Walter Dean Myers, is the award-winning author and 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.
    The National Ambassador for Young People 's Literature raises national awareness of the importance of young people's literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.
    READING IS NOT OPTIONAL  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    " The value of reading has escalated in my lifetime. When I was a young man, it was possible for families to prosper without reading because there were always sufficient opportunities for willing workers who could follow simple instructions. This is no longer the case. Today, reading is essential for families to gain access to advantages and opportunities in this country. Children who don't read are, in the main, destined for lesser lives. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to change this.
    As a Ambassador, I see my role as raising national awareness of the importance of lifelong literacy and education. "READING IS NOT OPTIONAL!" is the platform I chose to publicly discuss the issue of language poverty and how we can fight against it."
    Reading is an essential tool that we must use throughout our lifetime.
    People who read will:
    -earn more
    -have more rewarding lives
    -pass on their skills to their families
    -Walter Dean Myers
     The 2014-2015 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature:
     Kate DiCamillo
    "Stories Connect Us" is the theme this term for Kate. "Stories are a way for us to see each other.  And I mean that when we read together (in large groups or small groups) it gives us a chance to connect in a deeper, more meaningful way. Something magical happens when we read together. So, as ambassador, I would like to be part of communities that have come together around a book. Too often reading is presented (to both parents and kids) as a necessary task. It's a privilege to read. It is a joy to read together. I want to remind people of what they already know instinctually: that reading together is a powerful thing."  Advice to parents: " READ TO THEM. READ WITH THEM. LET THEM SEE YOU READ A BOOK FOR YOUR OWN PLEASURE. Present reading to them as a treat, not a task." A shared thought:  "I would just like to say thank you to everyone who believes in the power of story. Keep reading. That's how we will find each other."
     DiCamillo, says about stories, "When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see each other." Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week. 
    2016-2017 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature is: GENE LUEN YANG He is the fifth writer to hold this position, which is co-sponsored by the Library of Congress, the Children's Book Council and the Every Child a Reader foundation. He was born and raised in California and is the son of Chinese immigrants. Yang has been drawing comics since fifth grade. His first found success in 1997, when he received a grant for his "Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Greeks," which was eventually published by a comics company. His first graphic novel, "American Born Chinese," is about a teen struggling with his identity- a theme that is common in much of Yang's work, which emphasizes the importance of celebrating our diverse culture. Yang is currently writing the graphic novels series "Secret Coders," which teaches young people about computer programming.
    2018-2019 National Ambassador is: Jacqueline Woodson.
    Author Jacqueline Woodson, whose professional accolades include a National Book Award, four Newbery Honors, and a stint as the Young People's Poet Laureate for her memoir-in-verse "Brown Girl Dreaming," , is our new and 6th Ambassador.
    Woodson has chosen as her platform the phrase "READING = HOPE x CHANGE (What's Your Equation?)" which encourages young people to think about- and beyond- the moment they are living in, the power they possess and the impact reading can have on showing them ways in which they can create the hope and the change they want to see in the world. I definitely believe that reading can change us and shape us in so many ways, and through it we can be exposed to people and places and ideas that we might not otherwise come across or confront in real life." she said. " A platform about the importance of reading and having conversations across the lines of books is really important to me."  
    2020 -2021 National Ambassador this year is.........
    " The minute that you read one of my books, you and I are friends. We know each other. That means you know there's somebody in the world who is thinking of you."
    Jason is the author of 13 books for young people including the most recent, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, a national Book Award finalist, which was named a Best Book of 2019 by NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and TIME.
    For more info on CBC   The Children's Book Council, visit
     For Every Child a Reader, visit
     For more info on DiCamillo's, visit
     For more info on Jon Scieszka, visit
    The Poetry Foundation announced on Wednesday May 11, 2011 that J. Patrick Lewis has been selected as its  Poet Laureate. 2011-2013
    That means Newtown Elementary Library has hosted two Poet Laureates Mary Ann Hoberman and J.Patrick LewisWOW!!!!!!!!!!
    KENN NESBITT  2013 succeeds J.Patrick Lewis and becomes the fourth Children's Poet Laureate, and the youngest ever to hold the title.
    JACQUELINE WOODSON NAMED 2015 Young People's Poet Laureate.
    Read more about Jacqueline and the Poetry Foundation--  www.poetryfoundation.org