Children's Book Week 2019

Celebrate with us April 27th – May 5th!


As part of the longest-running national celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, over 750 schools, libraries, and bookstores will celebrate Children’s Book Week from April 28 to May 5 from coast to coast in all 50 states. This May marks the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week; the theme for this year’s celebration is Read Now ● Read Forever

Here's how The Bookloft is celebrating:

  • Pajama Party & Storytimes with Guest Authors! (Kickoff Event Sat. 4/27)
  • Bookmark Design Contest (all week long)
  • 10th Annual Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards Voting station (all week long)
  • Prizes for Book Reviews (all week long)

Event address: 
332 Stockbridge Rd
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Lessons from the Dada Literary Movement

(Excerpts from, used with permission)

Dadaism was an artistic and literary movement that emerged in Zürich in 1916 out of opposition to World War I, the nationalism many believed led to the war, and the senselessness of its brutality. The movement itself is difficult to define because members wanted to evade the definition of a unified operation entirely; abandoning established artistic norms. It was the first conceptual art movement where the focus was not on crafting aesthetically pleasing art, but on creating things that challenged traditional art, the role of the artists, and societal issues.

While Dadaism was a particularly art-dominated movement, it also encouraged writers to explore new genres and think outside the box. Some even took to performing their written words to further their creativity and fuel others to join the movement. The whimsy and spontaneity of the movement impacted famous writers like T.S. Elliot, but the movement itself was originally coined by poet Hugo Ball.

The Bedside Pile

Know whose Staff Picks you like? Now you can find out what your favorite Lofters are currently reading! Though they may not always make it to our esteemed Staff Picks, as informed booksellers, we choose what we read carefullyand devour them quickly!