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March 1, 2005    

Last Chance to Sign Up for Read Across America!

In addition to submitting your RSVP for our March 12th Reading Clubs (by clicking here!), please consider helping R2K schools this week.

Our amazing school partners at Esperanza and Magnolia need volunteers to come to their schools this Wednesday (Esperanza) and Friday (Magnolia) to help with Read Across America festivities.

As a Read Across America volunteer, you'll read aloud to a classroom full of elementary school kids, for whom this literacy event is a real treat. Join us -- come to Esperanza or Magnolia!

The Esperanza event is March 2nd from 8:30-11:00 a.m. Esperanza really needs volunteers for the 8:30-9:00 and 10:30-11:00 slots. Sign up for this event by contacting Juan Gonzalez at (213) 484-0326.

The Magnolia event is March 4th from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Sign up for this event by contacting Marcela Ramirez at (213) 748-6281.



Positive Images of Women

The March Reading Clubs are themed "Positive Images of Women" -- a great theme for any month, in my book! This month's books are sure to please all the children in your reading club with their portrayals of spunky, creative, athletic, and fascinating characters.

Our lucky 4th graders (and 4th grade volunteers) will be reading the classic Pippi Longstocking, a hilarious portrayal of a mischievous and clever young girl. We've already heard from volunteers and teachers that this book is a winner -- check it out for yourself!

The 3rd grade selection, A is for Abigail, by Lynne Cheney (yes, the VP's wife!), is a different kind of book -- it's an alphabet soup of hundreds of famous and influential American women. Creative volunteers should have a great time using this beautiful book as a tool to spark some very interesting discussions about American history, politics, arts, and sports. When it arrived in the office, I read it cover to cover -- it's great!

Wilma Unlimited is a gripping story about Wilma Rudolph, who overcame poverty, disability, and racism to become the first American woman to win three gold medals in the Olympics in 1960. Our 2nd graders will love this story, particularly because it focuses on Wilma's childhood experiences, illness, and triumph.

Please review all of this month's wonderful books on our website by clicking here. Enjoy!

Hope to see you at Esperanza or Magnolia for Read Across America!

Thanks!

Maryanna Abdo
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)
MaryannaAbdo@readingtokids.org

In this issue...
- Read Across America
- March Books
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March 2005
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