California Educator

February 2013

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PULL THIS OUT! 2013 READ ACROSS AMERICA Read Across America ��� Reading Takes You Places! Help children discover that Reading Takes You Places by getting involved in Read Across America 2013! 2013 Book Selection ��� Our California Surf waves in San Diego, climb Half Dome in Yosemite, or see the sights of San Francisco by cable car by opening Our California, the 2013 CTA featured book for NEA���s Read Across America. Written by Pam Mu��oz Ryan and beautifully illustrated by Rafael L��pez, this book is a perfect way to help celebrate CTA���s 150th anniversary. Our California is a wonderful way to show children the spirit of California as it highlights fun features or the historical importance of 14 California cities with colorful, evocative and eye-filling imagery. Read Across America, celebrated this year on March 1, is a national day to promote literacy co-sponsored by CTA. ���The more children read outside of school ��� regardless of their age ��� the better they do in school,��� says Kendall Vaught, CTA���s Read Across America Committee chair. How are you celebrating? There are many ways to celebrate and plan a reading event! Here are a few ideas: ��� Invite police officers and firefighters to read their favorite books to your school. ��� Ask parents to volunteer to read in their child���s classroom. ��� Librarians can arrange special story hours. ��� Practice dramatic readings with your students. ��� Invite a local news anchor or even your mayor to read to your group. ��� Ask your local bookstore to host a children���s read-in. See the poster on the next page? Display it in your school! Cool Tools & Resources at ��� Bookmarks ��� Certificates of Participation ��� Coloring sheets ��� Bookplates ��� Poster ��� Brochure ��� 6 keys to helping a child become a good reader ��� multiple languages available 2013 OFFICIAL SELECTION About the author Pam Mu��oz Ryan is a renowned author of several award-winning children���s books. She has received the NEA���s Civil and Human Rights Award. Learn more about her at About the illustrator The artwork for this year���s Read Across America was done by Rafael L��pez, the illustrator of Our California. Read about how he got inspired for Our California at 2010/10/our-california.html. February 2013 Educator 02 Feb 2013 v2.9.indd 23 23 2/7/13 11:26 AM

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