The Kauai Children’s Authors Guild in partnership with the Storybook Theatre of Hawaii will be holding their annual Read Across Kauai Literacy Day event on February 27th, 2015. However, because of the large number of children that will be read to this year, the event will be extended from February 15-April 15, to allow schools and libraries to schedule local authors to come visit their classrooms and reading groups.
This year’s theme is environmental literacy. Many of the local authors have chosen to write books that focus on local wildlife and its importance to us here on Kauai. In fact, author Susan Dierker’s new book, Albatross of Kauai, the Story of Koloakulua, teaches children about Kauai’s albatross from hatchling to fledgling. Thanks to generous donation from the Betlach Family Foundation, hundreds of children on Kauai will be receiving a copy of this book, during the event.
Last year, members of the Kauai Children’s Authors Guild hit the road to promote the importance of literacy by reading to more than 400 hundred children across the Garden Island. This year, the guild expects the numbers to double.
The Read Across Kauai Day event was modeled after the national event, Read Across America Day, but Kauai is such a special place that guild members designed Read Across Kauai Day to be a little more personal, a little more “Kauai Style”. The event provides an opportunity for children to interact with local authors and establish a personal connection with the books being read to them. The authors also share their experiences about writing and publishing books in order to inspire children to become better writers. The guild members also hope to reinforce the importance of reading by encouraging creativity through writing and artistic expression.
One of the most important components of the project is the distribution of an information sheet that is sent home to parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children. Since Read Across Kauai Day was devoted to literacy, guild members wanted to make sure that this significant information be disseminated to the children’s parents.
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