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June 1, 2005    

Welcome to June, Everyone!

Have you signed up for the June 11th Reading Clubs yet? If not, take a minute today to submit your RSVP for these "Celebrations"-themed clubs! You can click here to submit your RSVP! We'll have loads of reading-ready kids, so please sign up today!

And, if you are a Gratts volunteer, get ready for a party! -- this June 11th we'll celebrate the 6th year Reading to Kids has been at Gratts! The children who were Kindergarteners when the program started are now graduating to middle school! 

If Gratts is your favorite school, please come to the Gratts Reading Clubs and then join teachers, kids, administrators, and volunteers for cake, a giant raffle, and old friends -- we'd love to see you there. And, as always, if you'd like to bring a raffle prize, you are welcome to do so.

Solstice Canyon Hike -- Come to Lunch!

Another reason to enjoy a hike with Reading to Kids folks on Saturday -- after the Solstice Canyon Hike this weekend, we'll be heading to Dukes in Malibu for lunch. Join your fellow volunteers for a moderately challenging hike with beautiful and mysterious scenery. See waterfalls and hidden ruins in Malibu!

      When: Saturday, June 4th. 10:00 a.m.
      Distance: 3 miles, approx. 1 ? Hours

Directions to Trailhead
Head north on Pacific Coast Highway (if driving from Santa Monica, drive roughly 17 miles north). Malibu Canyon Road will be the major landmark before you arrive at Corral Canyon Road. Turn right at Corral Canyon Road. About a quarter mile up, you will see the gated entrance to Solstice Canyon. Click here to access a Mapquest Map of the location.

Additional Information: Parking is free. Good things to bring: Hiking boots, water, sunscreen, money for lunch & a camera. And, of course, bring a friend -- friends and family are always welcome! And, this event will be cancelled in the event of rain.

If you have any questions please contact Jeff Carter, the Social Committee Co-Chair at (310) 497-1796 or at jeffcart1@hotmail.com.

"Celebrations" in June!

This month, our books are on the theme of "Celebrations" -- and what celebrations mean more to a child than birthdays? We've got an excellent selection of books on b-days. Click here to see this month's picks!

A personal favorite of mine is our First Grade selection, A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban. Frances, a now-famous little badger with a penchant for singing, has conflicting feelings about her sister Gloria's second birthday. Every child will identify with Frances as she wavers between being generous and being jealous. Enjoy!

Kevin Henkes' excellent book The Birthday Room is our Fifth Grade story. Our nine-fingered protagonist Ben has just turned twelve and his birthday comes with a big surprise: a letter from his long-lost uncle Ian (who is responsible for the missing finger). Set in the country, this tale of family reconciliation may resonate particularly well with boys.

And, Seuss is here again! Happy Birthday to You is our Second Grade book, and you'll undoubtedly enjoy the flight of the Great Birthday Bird, who is "most beautifully brained -- with the brainiest bird-brain that's ever been trained." The "BB" outdoes himself in celebration of a child's birthday. A really, really fun book.

Check out the Reading to Kids Books of the Month page for more on this month's stories!

I hope you will join us in June for these Celebrations!


Maryanna Abdo
Program Director
Reading to Kids
1600 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7455
(310) 479-7435 (FAX)

In this issue...
- Celebrations in June!
- Solstice Canyon Hike!
- This Month's Birthday Books
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