Happy International Children's Book Day!

It's International Children's Book Day, the annual celebration of kiddie lit that's taken place since 1968 on April 2, the birthdate of Hans Christian Andersen. We love kids' books here at MetroKids, and our award-winning book reviews have long been a highlight of our pages. In our just-out April issue, reviewer Frank Lipsius looks at a couple of irresistible rhymers.

The occasion also seems a good one to share news from One Book, Every Young Child. The 2013 selection for this Pennsylvania-based early literacy initiative is The Bus for Us, a picture book by Suzanne Bloom, geared to preschoolers and Kindergarten students. The One Book website details the author appearances, interactive traveling trunks and library and museum events scheduled statewide to introduce kids aged 3 through 6 to this particular title, spinning them up about reading in the process. 

I read devotedly to both my kids when they were preschoolers. Now that they're a bit older, the habit's stuck with at least one of them. My 13-year-old's bed is unmakeable due to the stacks of books he stashes under the covers – reading by hall light, no doubt, after he's turned in for the night. If he's not getting much sleep, at least he's reading.

He and I shared my very favorite reading-with-your kids memory. Back when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released, we won a sweepstakes to go hear J.K. Rowling read from the book at Carnegie Hall. It was a thrilling night. My Potter-enthralled son, 7 at the time, was decked out in full Harry regalia – robe, glasses, wand – and when it was our turn to get our books signed, the famous author took one look at my little guy and went straight into mom mode. She put her pen down, leaned in close and told him: "You're the best Harry here tonight." I still get goosebumps thinking about that moment – so does my son. What's your favorite memory of reading with your kids? Let us know in the comments below. 

Cheryl Krementz is the new managing editor at MetroKids.

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