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Kristi Yamaguchi, Conrad Storad kick off summer reading celebration


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  • Jennifer Liewer/Arizona Department of Education

WHO: Author, Olympic Champion Kristi Yamaguchi and Arizona author Conrad Storad will join Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal and Secretary of State Ken Bennett to talk to a museum full of children about the importance of summer reading and to celebrate the kick off of Arizona’s 2014 Summer Reading Program.

Kristi Yamaguchi is an inspiration to millions for her athletic achievements and community outreach. As an athlete, artist, author, wife, mother and philanthropist, Kristi embodies the word champion. Her motto is “Always Dream,” and Kristi’s accomplishments prove that dreams can come true with hard work and dedication. This inspirational message is at the crux of her two children’s books; “Dream Big, Little Pig” and “It’s a Big World Little Pig.”

According to Conrad Storad, “a good nonfiction story should be more than just a bunch of facts.” He says that nonfiction stories should be fun and that’s exactly what he does with every book that he writes for young readers. Storad is an award-winning author, editor, and science writer. He has authored more than 40 science and nature books for children and young adults.

Program will include:

 

  • Children’s Authors, Kristi Yamaguchi and Conrad Storad
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal
  • Secretary of State Ken Bennett
  • Arizona Literacy Director, Terri Clark
  • Cute kids!

 

WHAT: The Arizona Summer Reading Program encourages adults and children to read over the summer months. This year, participants are being challenged to read 20 minutes a day. Arizona’s libraries and partners have united to provide unique programs, events, and contests to engage readers of all ages.

WHEN: Thursday, May 22, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Children’s Museum of Phoenix 215 N 7th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85034

WHY: Once a school year ends and summer begins, students face the challenge of not only retaining gains achieved in reading during the previous school year, but also making advancements to their reading skills for the next school year. For information about statewide literacy programs, please visit www.readonarizona.org.