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Weekly News Update
August 30, 2005    

Hi R2K Fans!

Come one, come all to the September 10th Reading Clubs! We've still got plenty of space for volunteers (156 spots, to be exact). To sign up, please RSVP for the reading clubs by clicking here.

Although all of our partner schools are on a year-round track system, September often feels like Back To School season for the rest of us.  This is the perfect time to get back into the routine.  We look forward to seeing you on the 10th!

Fantasy, Folklore, and Fairy Tales

A great selection of books awaits our September readers! The theme of the month is "Fantasy, Folklore, and Fairy Tales." For a list of this month's books and some excellent craft and discussion ideas to go along with them, please click here.

First graders are bound to clamor for more with this month's classic selection, Rumpelstiltskin.  The Brothers Grimm may have shared this story first, but Paul Zelinsky has done a beautiful job of retelling it through words and splendid oil painting illustrations.  As readers pick up the book, they will be reminded of the impudent, sympathetic, and infuriating little creature who headlines this old favorite.

Who knew that mosquitoes had the ability to unleash jungle disaster?  In the 1976 Caldecott Award winning book Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, we learn the impact of one mosquito's tall tale and the trouble she ends up causing in the jungle.  Our Curriculum Committee has a great "bring-ahead option" idea   for craft time -- bring paper plates, feathers, and googly eyes, and anything else you can think of to make owl puppets!

Sharon's Secret Recipe for Freckle Juice
Grape Juice
Juice from one lemon
Pepper and Salt

. . . . and a few other crucial ingredients will allow readers to get that face full of freckles that they have always wished for -- or will it? Fourth grade readers will easily relate to Judy Blume's timeless tale Freckle Juice.  [But please don't bring the ingredients to the clubs. :-)]

You can read more about these titles and the three other September books, The Mitten, The Talking Eggs, and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, on our website.

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They Had Us Rolling in the Aisles!

A huge round of applause to our very own Ali Oktay for his efforts to propose and organize the first ever Reading to Kids Comedy Night and Silent Auction at the Improv on August 11th!

Additional thanks go out to the Fundraising Committee, Mary Abdo, and Summer intern, Elaine Choi -- all of whom dedicated many hours to making the event a success.

Also, we wish to thank those who made us laugh all night long:

  • Jimmy Dore
  • Henry Phillips
  • Eddie Pepitone
  • Bil Dwyer
  • Carol Ann Leif
  • Chris McGuire
  • Vance Sanders
  • Retta
  • Ali Oktay

This evening of fun helped to raise nearly $2,000 to support our Reading Clubs.


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

In this issue...
- September Reading Clubs
- "Fantasy, Folklore, and Fairy Tale"-themed Books
- Comedy Night Thank Yous!
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September 2005
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Esperanza 41 60
Gratts 15 65
Magnolia 22 70
Noble 18 57
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