Kansas Reads to Preschoolers
May 11, 2006
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PRESS RELEASE STATEMENT
Independence, KS, 3/31/06- Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Honorary Chair, and Christie Pearson Brandau, State Librarian of Kansas, announce the book chosen for the 2006 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers one book, one state project: Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.
In Bunny Cakes, Wells, a highly acclaimed author/illustrator of over 60 books in the past thirty years, tells the adventure of Max and his bossy sister, Ruby, as they each make a cake for their grandma’s birthday. Max makes an earthworm cake for Grandma's birthday and wants to help his sister Ruby make her angel surprise cake for Grandma. Max's "help" results in many spilled ingredients and Ruby sends Max to the store for replacements. At the store, the grocer can't read all the items on the shopping list until Max solves the problem by drawing pictures.
2006 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an intergenerational
project of the State Library of Kansas and was
launched last year to highlight the importance
reading to children. The goal of the project is that every Kansas child,
from birth to age five, is read to during National Children’s Book Week, November
During the project in 2005, over 20,000 children were read to by parents, grandparents, children’s librarians, Mayors, elected State Representatives, middle and high school students, Friends of Libraries and library trustees, as well as early childhood leaders and workers and many, many others!
A child develops language skills long before being able to speak and develops literacy skills long before being able to read. Early childhood experts tell us that children develop much of their capacity to learn in the first three years. Reading to babies, toddlers and preschoolers can have an incredible impact on their short and long-term reading capacity. It is no exaggeration to say that how well children learn to read affects directly not only how successful they are in school, but how well they do throughout their lives.Tammie Benham, Early Childhood Resource Center Coordinator, KITS, The University of Kansas, chairs the Web Committee and David Hanson, Kansas City Kansas Public Library and Kate Capps, Johnson County Public Library, Indian Creek Branch, co-chair the Public Relations Committee with Linda Childress, Kansas Association of Child Care and Resource and Referral Agencies (KACCRRA).
Check the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers website
at www.kansasreadstokids.org. For more information
about this project please contact Vikki Jo Stewart,
Special Projects Director for the State Library, 620-331-8218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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