As I mentioned in an earlier post, November is Family Literacy Month in Massachusetts. Have you ever heard of Reach Out and Read? They are a nonprofit organization that helps to promote early literacy in coordination with pediatricians all over the U.S. By offering developmentally appropriate books to young children during a well visit, this organization is helping millions of young children in the fight against illiteracy. Did you know that 88% of first graders who are below grade level in reading will continue to read below grade level in fourth grade? (Juel, 1988) This is a frightening statistic. Please keep reading to your children.
Reach Out and Read has put together a fabulous literacy event, which is being held in Boston next Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 10:30 – 2:00 at the Seaport Hotel. It’s called the Read and Romp and all proceeds go directly to Reach Out and Read. The Read and Romp promises to be a fun-filled day for the entire family. Here’s what you’ll get when you purchase your tickets:
- Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog
- Get your passport stamped as you travel through storybook adventures with Curious George, Fancy Nancy, The Runaway Bunny and MORE!
- 12 storybook stations with fun-filled activities
- Gift bag that includes a book, toys and other goodies
- Meet and Greet with some amazing authors, such as Peter Reynolds, the creator of Judy Moody!
- A yummy Buffet lunch with entertainment from Stacey Peasley (I love her!!)
- Raffle and online auction with a chance to win some great prizes
Doesn’t that sound like fun? Tickets are $50/person (under 2 are admitted free) and all proceeds go to Reach out and Read. I have some great news for the readers here at Stowed Stuff. I’m giving away 4 tickets to this amazing event being held next Sunday! Here’s what you have to do for your chance to win:
- Leave a comment below telling me you or your child’s favorite storybook.
- For an extra entry, leave a comment on Reach Out and Read’s Facebook page telling them Annie sent you.
- For an extra entry, follow me on Twitter.
- For an extra entry, follow me with Google Friend Connect.
- For an extra entry, leave a comment on my Facebook wall.