Minnesota Libraries Bring Young Children and Books Together

Once Upon a Reader is a Minnesota one-book program designed for pre-K children and their families. The focus of the program is to promote children’s literature and encourage families to talk, sing, read, write, and play together five important practices that build early literacy skills. Public libraries throughout Minnesota participate in Once Upon a Reader, engaging young children with books, music, and original programming by Minnesota artists. Once Upon a Reader is sponsored by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) and funded from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The program is coordinated by Library Strategies, a consulting group of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

The featured book this year is Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure, written and illustrated by Derek Anderson. From March to October 2016, the author/illustrator will travel across the state offering educational and arts-focused, Ten Pigs-themed “trunk shows” in each participating regional library system. In addition to the show, a variety of unique program options will be available to libraries, allowing those of all sizes to find tie-in activities that suit their budgets and communities.

In the 2016 season, Once Upon a Reader will be giving a copy of Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure to each Head Start student in Minnesota along with reading and programming guides. To learn more about early literacy, visit the Minnesota Department of Education’s webpage. For free activities from Once Upon a Reader that will inspire families to talk, sing, read, write, and play together, please see our Parents and Caregivers resource page.

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