The State Library of Kansas and the Kansas Center for the Book proudly announces Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres as the selection for the Sixth Annual Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week. Kansas First Lady Stacy Parkinson will serve as honorary chair for the special week, Nov. 14-20, 2010.
“Reading to our children is a great way to spur their imagination and help establish a life-long love of learning,” said First Lady Parkinson. “I am honored to serve as the chair of this effort, and I encourage every adult to take time to read to a child.”
State Librarian Jo Budler explained, “a child develops language skills before he or she is able to speak, and they develop literary skills long before they can begin to read. So much learning capacity occurs in a child’s first three years that it is imperative that we read to every baby, toddler, and preschooler.”
The 2010 Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week will focus on food, nutrition and where our food comes from, which is why Up, Down and Around is the statewide book selection.
Local libraries play a big role in early childhood reading and are instrumental to the success of Kansas Reads to Preschoolers. Libraries all over the state will plan special displays of food and nutrition-related books, schedule activities, organize pre-school story hours, and invite participation by various food and nutrition professionals.
It’s estimated that during the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week, more than 20,000 Kansas preschoolers will be read to by parents, grandparents, children’s librarians, mayors, elected officials, middle and high school students and many, many others.
More information on the program, including ideas for activities and crafts for teachers, parents, and caregivers are being developed for the website: http://www.kcfb.info. More information about the book and author can be found at: http://www.katherineayres.com/updown.html
The Kansas Center for the Book is a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. As a program of the State Library of Kansas since 2005, the Center’s role is to promote Kansas books, authors, libraries, booksellers, publishers, and the book community, and to foster awareness of literacy and the literary heritage of the state. For more information, visit our website: http://www.kcfb.info.