- Now in its eighth consecutive year, the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child early literacy initiative has announced the book choice for 2013.
Suzanne Bloom's The Bus for Us will be the featured story for the program. The program focuses on how important early literacy development is in preschoolers between ages 3 and 6.
The design of the One Book, Every Young Child program is go beyond just providing a book for children to read, but by coming up with activities to help actively engage the child in the story. Throughout the commonwealth, there are 595,000 children in the target age group.
Raising the literacy rate is important because, according to statistics gathered by the Pennsylvania Library Association, only 48 percent of parents read to their children. If 50 first grader students have difficulty reading, 44 of them will have reading problems in the fourth grade.
The program, which runs year long, reaches "more than half a million Pennsylvanian children" annually.
An exciting part of the program is the 14 days of author visits to 16 counties state wide. These author visits include interactive story time and an author reading of The Bus for Us.
Bloom will be making stops in Wayne County on the following dates and times:
10 a.m.-Wayne County Public Library, 1406 Main Street, Honesdale
1 p.m.-Northern Wayne Community Library, 11 Library Road, Lakewood
4 p.m.-Hawley Public Library, 103 Main Avenue, Hawley
Story time isn't just for the little ones, either. Parents can attend to find out ways to truly engage their child in reading. There are various activities available on the One Book, Every Young Child website: www.paonebook.org.
Page 2 of 2 - The website features a downloadable activity guide, including ways to make the most of the book even after the last page is turned.
About the book
The Bus for Us was first published in 2001 by Boyds Mills Press and follows a young girl named Tess to her bus stop on her first day of school. Tess is waiting for the bus with a friend, Gus.
Bloom says that her "sons are grown up now and ou rtime spent pouring over pages, looking for Lowly Worm (Richard Scarry), and reading adventures together was precious. It was daytime, nighttime, bedtime, anytime, devoted to being together, all cozied up and bonding over books."
About the program
One Book, Every Young Child is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Child Care Association, PennSERVE, HSLC/Access PA, Pennsylvania School Bus Association, Keystone Insurers Group and Harleysville Insurance.