The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is working to raise literacy with a website that will make reading a fun adventure for children. The Read.gov website is teaming up with Curious George and parents to motivate kids to read. The website is full of resources that include book lists for all ages, tips for reading together with your child, tips for reading aloud, and author webcasts.
Read.gov is also highlighting a story adventure called The Exquisite Corpse Adventure. Jon Scieska wrote the initial chapter, and then passed it on to several popular children’s authors who continued the adventure, chapter by chapter. Authors who wrote episodes for this adventure include Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events), M. T. Anderson (Pals in Peril Tales), Jack Gantos (Rotten Ralph and Joey Pigza), Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia), Kat DiCamillo (Mercy Watson series), and many more. Be sure to visit the website, read the episodes, and see how the adventure turns out. With so many authors contributing, the story is sure to take several surprising turns.
Like the Read posters of Michigan Chillers and American Chillers author Johnathan Rand, Dear Dumb Diary author Jim Benton, or MSU’s Sparty that are displayed at the local public or of school library? Michigan Center for the Book is responsible for creating them.
Appreciate the program that brought a popular author to the local library? The Michigan Center for the Book helps coordinate these types of programs with an Author Visit page that will help the local library plan the author’s visit.
Enjoy the Michigan Reads program? The Michigan Center for the Book coordinates the choosing of the yearly book. It also provides kits each September and October to public libraries, Head Start programs, and Great Start Readiness programs that include a copy of the current Michigan Reads title, a resource guide, poster, bookmarks, and stickers.
Michigan Center for the Book also coordinates the yearly Michigan Notable Books. This list includes twenty exceptional book titles either set in Michigan, by a Michigan author, or about a Michigander. The 2011 Michigan Notable Books has recently been published.
For more information about reading together as a family, try these titles from the Monroe County Library System: