Celebrate Children’s Book Week at Porter Square Books

David R Godine Publisher Porter Square Books

Photo courtesy of Porter Square Books

Calling all bookworms, young and old! Celebrate Children’s Book Week this evening at Porter Square Books in partnership with David R. Godine, Publisher.

The publisher, known locally as one of America’s best independent presses, asked local kids from Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline schools: “Why do you like reading?”

Porter Square Books David R Godine Publisher

Inside the bookstore! Photo courtesy of Porter Square Books

Kids had to submit 100-200 word responses.

About the event

At the event, children will read their responses out loud. David R. Godine, Publisher compiled all responses into a print-and-paper book, making them real, published authors!

The young writers will then be able to sign copies of their work and experience what it’s like to be J.K. Rowling or Roald Dahl.

Although there were only seven winners, 26 students received an Honorable Mention. Winners and Honorable Mentions received an invitation to attend the celebration at Porter Square Books.

Additionally, the winners received a free book and were published by a real-live publisher here.

The event promotes literary involvements at a young age, and helps kids gain confidence in their writing, their speaking, and themselves as a whole.

Okay, okay. I’ll admit it. This event is brought to you by me, Erinn (some of you know me as the Editor of Cambridge.com). I interned with Godine this past semester and the Children’s Book Week event has been my project.

Porter Square Books David R Godine Publisher

Photo courtesy of Porter Square Books

I am passionate about children’s publishing, and I love that through this event, kids are encouraged to become a part of the literary community. We received so many wonderful responses from emerging young writers.

Of course, it was my first choice to host the event locally at Porter Square Books.

Porter Square Books is my favorite Cambridge bookstoreThe small, independent store is known internationally for its friendly staff, colorful interior, and excellent stock of books.

When is the event?

The children’s author reading begins tonight, May 16, at 7 pm. I’ll be there and I’d love to meet some of the Cambridge.com audience!

To get there, view our MBTA map. The bookstore is located in the Porter Square neighborhood in the Porter Square Galleria.

Read a response!

If that all doesn’t have you convinced, check out fourth grader Edward K.’s response to “Why do you like reading?”

Edward is a smart, sharp, and strong writer from Brookline, MA. Congratulations, Edward, your classmates, participating teachers, and everyone else involved! I hope to see a big turnout tonight.

“Why do I love reading? I love history! I wouldn’t love history without books. I wouldn’t know that even though General Robert E. Lee hated slavery, he became the head confederate General. This is because his home state, Virginia, joined the confederacy and he didn’t want to fight against his home state. Most importantly I can imagine myself doing what I am reading in the book, like fighting against the Nazis or being a probation enforcer and dumping beer in the streets. Also, I wouldn’t know anything about Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs. From reading, I discovered that Hernando Cortés entered Mexico in 1519 and destroyed Mayans and Aztecs, but Mayans resisted until 1542. And Francisco Pizarro entered Peru in 1532 and destroyed the Incas. I wouldn’t know all the US presidents and their biographies. For example, I learned that Abraham Lincoln had only one year of formal schooling and mostly self-educated himself. I wouldn’t know about the Californian Gold Rush of 1849 or that before the Gold Rush only about 800 people lived in San Francisco. I can only hope my name will end up in one of the books I read.”
– Edward K.

– Erinn Pascal