Friday, February 19, 2021 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C.- Ready, Set, Read Across America! To celebrate the fun and value of reading, we invite you to join us for daily virtual read-alouds with local guest readers as we celebrate the annual National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America program. This is the 23rd annual Read Across America event and it is the nation's largest celebration of reading! While Read Across America is celebrated on March 2nd, here at CCPL we've expanded the celebration to last the entire week!

Every day March 1-5 at 10 a.m., guest readers will appear on CCPL's Facebook page to read some of their favorite picture books. Guest readers are local public figures and celebrities who will share their dedication to literacy and the joy of reading! The featured books will reflect everyone in the community to help children discover their own voices and learn from the voices of others. 

The 2021 Read Across America Guest Readers include: 

March 1 - Angela Craig, CCPL Executive Director reading "Love" by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Loren Long 

From Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long comes a story about the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all."In the beginning there is light and two wide-eyed figures standing near the foot of your bed and the sound of their voices is love....A cab driver plays love softly on his radiowhile you bounce in back with the bumps of the city and everything smells new, and it smells like life."In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medal-winning author Matt de la Peña and bestselling illustrator Loren Long depict the many ways we experience this universal bond, which carries us from the day we are born throughout the years of our childhood and beyond. With a lyrical text that's soothing and inspiring, this tender tale is a needed comfort and a new classic that will resonate with readers of every age.

March 2 - Raphael James, WCSC Anchor/Reporter reading "I Am Every Good Thing" by Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James 

Winner of the NCTE Charlotte Huck Award!An upbeat, empowering, important picture book from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh CutI ama nonstop ball of energy.Powerful and full of light.I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt he'll see them through—as he's creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. And other times he's afraid, because he's so often misunderstood and called what he is not. So slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you—and shows you—who they are. There are superheroes in our midst!

March 3 - Kimberly Richards, Principal, Stono Park Elementary reading "All Are Welcome" by Alexandra Penfold; illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman 

Join the call for a better world with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. Perfect for every kid, family or classroom! In our classroom safe and sound. Fears are lost and hope is found. Discover a school where all young children have a place, have a space, and are loved and appreciated. Readers will follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms. A school where students from all backgrounds learn from and celebrate each other's traditions. A school that shows the world as we will make it to be. “An important book that celebrates diversity and inclusion in a beautiful, age-appropriate way.”

March 4 - Chris Singleton, Author reading "Different: A Story About Loving Your Neighbor" by Chris Singleton; illustrated by William Luong 

On his first day at a new school in a new country, Obinna can tell one thing right away: he is different. His dashiki is different. His hair is different. His speech is different. And his classmates won't let him forget it. But through the wise words of a loving teacher and the unexpected chance to show his talents, it's Obinna's turn to teach all those around him that being different isn't just okay?it's the most important thing he ever could be. Different: A Story About Loving Your Neighbor is a beautiful book that teaches kids that differences?whether through race, nationality, gender, or more?are something to accept and celebrate.

March 5 - Abbey Adams, CCPL Youth Manager reading "Here and Now" by Julia Denos; illustrated by E.B. Goodale

A stunning celebration of mindfulness, meditation, and enjoying each moment, from the team behind the award-winning Windows. This lush picture book is a fantastic tool for engaging children 3-7 who are schooling from home who are eager to feel connected to their world while managing new anxieties.

If your family is participating in Read Across America this year, we ask you join us in reciting the Reader's Oath to inspire children to become life long readers: 

I promise to read
Each day and each night.
I know it’s the key
To growing up right.

I’ll read to myself,
I’ll read to a crowd.
It makes no difference
If silent or loud.

I’ll read at my desk,
At home and at school,
On my bean bag or bed,
By the fire or pool.

Each book that I read
Puts smarts in my head,
’Cause brains grow more thoughts
The more they are fed.

So I take this oath
To make reading my way
Of feeding my brain
What it needs every day.

 

NEA’s Read Across America Day, the nation’s largest celebration of reading, expects more than 45 million readers of all ages, to pick up a book and read. For more information about NEA’s Read Across America and recommended books, visit www.readacrossamerica.org.