The Traverse Area District Library is excited to welcome the 2012 National Cherry Queen, Meg Howard to the Woodmere Branch on Friday, September 7 at 4:30 p.m. for a community reading of Moose on the Loose by Kathy-jo Wargin and illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello. Moose on the Loose is this year's Michigan Reads! selection. The reading will take place in the Youth Services Story Room.
Moose on the Loose is full of movement and activity as a little boy meets up with a moose. Using cause-and-effect prose, the reader travels with the moose through the catchy, rhyming text, anticipating the moose's next moves as the boy tries to keep up with this outdoor animal on the run. The story, the language, the rhythm of the questions, and the wonderful illustrations all work together to make Moose on the Loose a read-aloud that both children and older readers will enjoy.
Howard, a student at Northwestern Michigan College, was recently crowned as the 2012-2013 National Cherry Queen. She enjoys reading and serving her community.
"I think our patrons, especially our youngest readers, will just love having the Queen read this fun and interactive story to them," said Metta T. Lansdale, TADL Director. "What better way to kick off Michigan Reads! It's going to be a real treat."
“Michigan Reads!” is a one state, one children's book program devoted to increasing early childhood literacy in Michigan’s communities. Programming, events and author visits are scheduled throughout the state in September and October with the program launch on September 7, coinciding with International Literacy Day.
Author Kathy-jo Wargin said "I am thrilled and honored to be part of the Michigan Reads program, which recognizes the importance of reading and sharing books with children. Children who experience an early, positive introduction to the joy of reading are receiving the building blocks of success in school and life. “
Organized by the Library of Michigan and sponsored by the Library of Michigan Foundation in partnership with Target, the “Michigan Reads!” program recognizes the importance and value of libraries in providing quality books, programs and services to children and families in Michigan. These books and services provide a foundation for literacy, enabling future school success. “Michigan Reads!” is designed to emphasize the importance of shared reading practices with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and young school-age children. These practices set the stage for fluent reading achievement in children.
For more information about the Michigan Reads! program, including materials for teachers, parents and caregivers, please go to www.michigan.gov/michiganreads. For more information about upcoming reading prorams at a Traverse Area District Library location near you visit www.tadl.org/events