7th Annual Read in the Park, Sun. March 16!


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Book Beat, Berkley Public Schools, and the Berkley Area PTA Council are proud to present the 7th annual Read in the Park on Sunday, March 16  from 1-3pm at the Berkley Collaborative Center (2325 Catalpa, Berkley, MI 48072. 11 1/2 Mile Rd., east of Coolidge). This event is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Please call Book Beat (248) 968-1190 for any further information.

This year’s distinguished, featured authors are: Jean Alicia Elster, Wong Herbert Yee, and Rhonda Gowler Greene.

Jean Alicia Elster is the author of the novel The Colored Car — for ages 8 and older. She is also the author of Who’s Jim Hines? — for ages 8 and older. Who’s Jim Hines? was selected colored-car1as one of the Library of Michigan’s 2009 Michigan Notable Books. In addition, the Michigan Reading Association placed Who’s Jim Hines? on the Great Lakes Great Books Award 2009-2010 ballot for grades 4-5. Who’s Jim Hines? was also a ForeWord Magazine 2008 Book of the Year Award Finalist in the category of Juvenile Fiction.

In addition, Elster is the author of the children’s book series Joe Joe in the City, which includes the books Just Call Me Joe Joe (2001), I Have A Dream, Too! (2002), I’ll Fly My Own Plane (2002), and I’ll Do the Right Thing (2003). She was awarded the 2002 Governors’ Emerging Artist Award by ArtServe Michigan in recognition of the series, and in 2004, I’ll Do the Right Thing received the Atlanta Daily World Choice Award in the category of children’s books.

yee_mouse-and-mole-secret-valentineWong Herbert Yee is the author of dozens of beloved children’s books, including such favorites as: Fireman Small, Hamburger Heaven, Mrs. Brown Went to Town, Eek! There’s a Mouse in the House, and the Mouse and Mole series. His latest release is Mouse and Mole, Secret Valentine. This year marks his 20th as a published author, and incredibly his first book is still in print!


Rhonda Gowler Greene is the author of over 20 children’s books, including: No Pirates No-Pirates-Allowed-Said-Library-LouAllowed, Said Library Lou, Barnyard Song, and When A Line Bends…A Shape Begins. Her books have received various honors, such as School Library Journal Best Book, American Booksellers “Pick of the List,” Children’s Book Council Showcase Book, Bank Street College Best Book, International Reading Association Children’s Choice Book, Junior Library Guild selection, Michigan Reads One State One Children’s Book Award, and also starred reviews.

Our mission for Read in the Park is to foster a love of reading by connecting students with authors and illustrators through the books they create. We thank you for your continued support in making these opportunities possible!


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