Columns & Blogs

Out With Kids: Several Whatcom County events mark annual Children’s Book Week

Several events celebrate Children’s Book Week this week, including readings by local writer and illustrator Rebecca Van Slyke, whose new picture book “Mom School” has been selected for Barnes and Noble’s National Simultaneous Storytime.

Children’s Book Week, which is May 4-10, is the nation’s longest-running literacy initiative, dating to 1919. It’s run by the nonprofit group Every Child A Reader and the Children’s Book Council.

Van Slyke, who teaches second grade at Bernice Vossbeck Elementary, will read from her book and sign copies at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Barnes and Noble, 4099 Meridian St. At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, she’ll read “Mom School” at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

“Mom School,” a charming look at how a child imagines where Mom learned to be Mom, is getting favorable reviews at the social media site Goodreads (4 of 5 stars) and from publications such as the School Library Journal and from Publishers Weekly, which called it “Gently funny and knowing, it’s a good bet for moments of mother-child bonding.”

Also this week are programs at local libraries and Village Books (authors attending only where noted):

•  A “Corduroy” storytime and visit is at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at Village Books, 1200 11th St. Special guest Corduroy, the beloved little bear in green coveralls. Participants can meet Corduroy and have their parents take photos of them.

•  Activities for middle-grade readers featuring “The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency: The Curse of the Missing Moonstone” are at 4 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

•  A Pete the Cat Party from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the downstairs Lecture Room of the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. It features readings from the “Pete the Cat” books and a variety of crafts and activities. For more information, call 360-778-7200.

•  Girl Scouts and Blaine Library present two free sessions of Fancy Nancy Tea Parties, based on the beloved “Fancy Nancy” series by Jane O’Connor at noon and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the meeting room of the Blaine Library, 610 Third St. Story, treats, and crafts are provided. RSVP required — at the Blaine Library in person or by calling 360-305-3637.

•  Bellingham writer Sheryl Hershey offers a reading of her recently released

“Lila and the Dandelion,”

a picture book about a girl who is deaf, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Village Books. The book is receiving five-star reviews at, where readers are enthralled by its message of inclusion and empowerment. The event includes a sign-language interpreter.

•  Olympia papercut artist Nikki McClure presents her new children’s picture book “In” at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Readings Gallery downstairs at Village Books.

Reach Robert Mittendorf at 360-756-2805 or Follow him on Twitter @DressLikeADuck.