We're a book-happy bunch here at PBS, and always have been. But this seems like an especially good time to be launching Booklights, our new blog spreading the fun and love of children's books.
Children's Book Week is right around the corner (May 11-17), and we were just treated to an office visit from Mo Willems, celebrated author and illustrator (and former Sesame Street writer -- here he is posing with Big Bird). The sixth Harry Potter movie is coming out in July, and books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Graveyard Book are making new fans every day. And we know that parents are always looking for ways to get their kids reading -- on purpose, not because they're forced into it.
Parents can come to Booklights to get book ideas for kids of all ages, "Show and Tale" time, and interviews and literacy news. But most of all, Booklights is about getting kids to love reading, to experience the joy of finding a book that's so good that dinner can wait, TV time can wait, and sleep can wait.
Get to know our regular contributors -- Pam Coughlan, Susan Kusel, and Jen Robinson, who will be posting every week -- and ask all the questions you want. We love to hear from you. And stay tuned for guest blogs and book giveaways.