Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Legacy Fund supports a new, interactive and multichannel reading program designed to help libraries bring young children and books together. Once
Upon a Reader will launch its first year with the award-winning “Moo!” – written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka.
Once Upon a Reader features one book. This year’s choice is Moo!, written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka—both Minnesota residents. Moo! received this year’s Minnesota Book Award for Children’s Literature and was named by the Association for Library Service as a Children’s Notable Book, among many other honors.
Once Upon a Reader will include a variety of programs in public libraries throughout the state, from October through May. Events will range from the “Moo! Traveling Trunk Show,” an interactive program with the author and illustrator performing puppet shows, drawing exercises, music, and group storytelling, to Storywalks and Scavenger Hunts, focusing on extending activities into the community.
As part of Once Upon a Reader, the program will give a copy of Moo! to over 14,000 Head Start students in Minnesota, along with reading and program guidelines. Many libraries will partner with local Head Start programs to offer Moo! programs and activities.
Once Upon a Reader is sponsored by CRPLSA and coordinated by Library Strategies, a consulting group of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. For information about the program, contact Library Strategies at 651-287-0060.
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