October 12, 2016

Oregon Reads Aloud Hits Book Shelves

Photo Credit: Stephanie Shaw
Yee-Ha! I've been having such a grand time participating in special events to promote Oregon Reads Aloud, a keepsake collection of 25 read-aloud stories for children, written and illustrated by a trove of talented Oregon authors and illustrators. It is a celebration of all things Oregon and a tribute to 25 years of SMART's (Start Making a Reader Today) work empowering children to read. It's due for release October 18, 2016.

My contribution to this collection is FIRST DAY JITTERS, a crisp, rhythmic story about the anxiety and excitement of starting school . . . in the Pacific Northwest! This rhyming read-aloud offers opportunities to introduce children to American Sign Language and hands-on, STEM-friendly activities and objects such as geodes, fossils and compost. I am so excited about this book. I know in my heart it will play an instrumental role in empowering young readers.

Please contact me if you'd like to invite me to visit your school, library, or community organization.

Oregon Reads Aloud is available everywhere books are sold, beginning October 18, 2016. Here are some links to get you started:



Need more persuading? Here are some links to recent media coverage:

Book Blast Promo

News Channel 8 Story (10/11/2016)

The Oregonian's Coverage (10/11/2016)

Here are some fun photos from recent Oregon Reads Aloud events and celebrations:

Many Fellow Contributors
Powell's Book Signing for SMART Kids, October 11, 2016 

SMART Kids Hearing Stories from Oregon Reads Aloud
Powell's Books, October 11, 2016

Book Signing at Graphic Arts Books' Booth at PNBA, October 2, 2016

My Oregon Reads Aloud Event Hat,
With Images of Favorite Books That Were Read Aloud to Me When I Was a Child

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