Read in the Park 2012

Read in the Park Returns to Berkley High School

Book Beat is happy to announce that the Read in the Park event will be returning this year on Sunday, March 18 from 1 to 3 p.m at Berkley High School. March is Reading Month and in celebration we’ve invited five of our favorite authors and illustrators to speak and autograph books for children and families.  This event is free and open to the public.  This is the 5th year of Read in the Park and the participating authors this year will be Helen Frost, photographer Rick Lieder, Kelly DiPucchio, 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.)  Below are some short descriptions of the books and authors with links to learn more.  We can’t reach everyone, so please pass this event info along to people you think should know about it. Books will be for purchase at the event and at Book Beat beforehand.  Thanks for your support and we hope to see you there!

The mission of Read in the Park is to foster a love of reading by connecting with authors and illustrators through the books they create.

Children’s literature enthusiasts will be excited to know that the award-winning author Helen Frost will be at Read in the Park with her current illustration collaborator Rick Lieder, a nature photographer.  Together they have created a new book on the world of insects called Step Gently Out. Written for young readers, Helen Frost’s expressive verse matches the beautiful close-up photographs of these tiny creatures in the wild, with fun nature facts in the back of the book.  Frost has written many award-winning books of poetry/ fiction including Diamond Willow, winner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins award for poetry and Michigan’s Mitten Award.  She’s also won the Lee Bennett Hopkins honor award for The Braid, Crossing Stones and the 2012 Honor Award for Hidden.  Some of her better-known titles also include Monarch and Milkweed, Keesha’s House. Rick Lieder is a Michigan photographer and painter whose work has been on the cover of many books for children and adults.  Lieder’s nature photographs will be on display at the event.

“Breathtaking photos and an exquisite poem capture a bug’s-eye view of nature…. A dazzlingly poetic photo album of the insect world for tots on up.”  Kirkus Starred Reviews for Step Gently Out

Frost is known for introducing poetry to children in an enjoyable way through captivating stories featuring strong female characters and unusual poetic structures.  Diamond Willow (for ages 9 – 14) is a novel in verse with each page of text in the shape of a diamond.  This is a great chance to meet and listen to a very talented author who’s lived an exciting life, teaching school in Alaska and Scotland.  Her work includes books of poetry, fiction and drama for children and adults.  Hidden (for ages 10 – 14) is her newest chapter book and is also written in verse.   It tells a story of two girls visiting a summer camp in Michigan who share a secret from the past.

Vordak the Incomprehensible returns to Read in the Park with a new book of scheming and evil, called Rule the School, (for ages 9 and up)  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!  His scheming has once again hit a snag and Vordak is turned into a school-age boy forced to roam the halls in search of mayhem.

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.

Also present will be John Martin, the creative illustrator behind Vordak’s book and his top-secret evil, evil website:

Kelly DiPucchio is the author of many books for children including the New York Times Bestsellers Grace for President and The Sandwich Swap, written with Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan.  Other titles DiPucchio has written include Zombie In Love, Clink, Crafty Chloe and Gilbert Goldfish.  Her stories are big hits with young readers, including books like Grace for President and The Sandwich Swap that help educate children and provide a positive message.

The Sandwich Swap (ages 3 and up) tells a story based on the Queen’s own childhood of kindness and courage in dealing with other cultures. Another popular title, Zombie in Love, (ages 4 to 8)  is about Mortimer, a pleasant sort of zombie who’s looking for love in all the wrong places.  Young zombie fans are sure to laugh at his misadventures.

DiPucchio’s newest title Crafty Chloe (ages 4-8) is about a young girl who loves to work on DIY craft projects.  Her enthusiasm for creating runs into trouble, though, when up against her friend’s perfect store-bought gift.  A delightful book with a positive message.

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