Children’s authors and illustrators have the opportunity to appear at Read
Out Loud!, a family literacy festival, on Saturday, December 4, 2010. This annual event draws hundreds of children (from toddlers to age 12) and their parents. Authors read aloud from their books, incorporating family-friendly activities and a book signing. The intent is to engage young readers in many ways to experience a book as well as model activities that parents can do with their children. We are looking for children’s authors who are
enthusiastic to engage their young readers in the pleasure of reading. Past
award-winning authors and illustrators who have appeared include: Bryan
Collier, Nina Crews, Javaka Steptoe, and Nancy Tafuri.
Read Out Loud! is at a neighborhood public school, PS 92 (Mary McLeod
Bethune School) at 222 W 134th St (between 7th and 8th Avenues). Along with non-profit literacy organizations, bookstores, local authors and other
partners, this event will serve a diverse population of low-income families
and their children. Read Out Loud! welcomes authors of all backgrounds and
in particular aims to represent authors of color to make literacy more
accessible to low-income communities of color. It is an opportunity for
authors to introduce their books to children and parents and to share a passion for reading. A limited number of featured authors are invited.
Authors’ books are purchased by Morningside Area Alliance to sign and give
away for free to children at the event, and we provide a modest honorarium
for appearance. For more information, interested authors should contact
event coordinator, Christine Petro, at (212)-749-1570 or (212)-749-3713.