Book Beat is happy to announce that the Read in the Park event will be returning this year on Sunday, May 1st from 1 to 3 p.m at Berkley High School. This is the 4th year of Read in the Park and participating authors will be Natalie Taylor, Bryan Chick, Wong Herbert Yee, Scott Seegert and illustrator John Martin(and perhaps a visit from their friend Vordak the Incomprehensible?). Read in the Park will be held in the Collaborative Center at Berkley High School. (It is on 2325 Catalpa, at 11 and 1/2 mile East of Coolidge facing Catalpa.)
This is a free, fun and community wide celebration of books and reading for children, young adults and their families. This year’s Read in the Park falls on El día de los niños/El día de los libros, The International Day of the Child and Day of the Book, a day recognized by the United Nations. This will be a great opportunity to introduce children to national and internationally known Detroit area authors and illustrators. The Book Beat has invited some of our favorite area writers to this special afternoon event. Below are some short descriptions of the books and authors with links to learn more. We hope to see you there! We can’t reach everyone, so please pass this event info along to people you think should know about it. Thanks for your support and we hope to see you there!!!
Here is the schedule for the day’s program:
1:15 PM: Wong Herbert Yee
1:40 PM: Bryan Chick
2:05 PM: Vordak with Scott Seegert and John Martin
2:30 PM: Natalie Taylor
Natalie Tayloris the acclaimed author of SIGNS OF LIFE, a rare and wonderful page-turning memoir of early motherhood, suggested for adults and young adults ages 15 and up. Natalie is also an English teacher at Berkley High School. Signs of Life is her first book.
“Sit down with this book. See if you can stop after one page.”
“Natalie Taylor faced an enormous happiness challenge. In this thought-provoking memoir, she explains how she coped with it and what she learned, in a way that’s profound yet funny, painful yet hopeful. I couldn’t put it down.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
Bryan Chick is the author of 10 volume SECRET ZOO series; “The idea of The Secret Zoo came to me when I was just nine years old. I wondered what it would be like if zoo exhibits had secret passages that allowed kids to get in and animals to get out. Over twenty years, this idea matured in complexity and length until it had become an epic story, to be told in ten full-length novels.
When I’m not exploring the worlds in my head, I spend time speaking to like-minded peers at elementary schools across the nation.” –Bryan Chick
Scott Seegert is the author of HOW TO GROW UP AND RULE THE WORLD by VORDAK, THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE – a book that young future mad-scientists will cherish and drool over. Filled with charts, diagrams, lists and advice for the novice tyrant, Vordak is the maniacal new anti-hero who makes no secret of his plan for world domination. Seriously, Vordak has no boundaries. This guy is EVIL. MUAHAHAHAHAHA!
Will VORDAK himself make a rare appearance?? Be prepared to meet the caped superhero mastermind behind this diabolical and hilarious new book… also present will be John Martin, the creative illustrator behind Vordak’s book and his top-secret evil, evil website: http://www.vordak.com/index2.html
Wong Herbert Yee has been writing and illustrating beautiful, wise and gentle children’s book since his 1992 debut success EEK! THERE’S A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE. His latest book MOUSE AND MOLE, FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS received a 2010 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award.