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Writers Against Racism: READ OUT LOUD! by Christine Petro

Christine’s Calling: A FEW GOOD Authors…

Children’s authors and illustrators have the opportunity to appear at Read Out Loud!, a family literacy festival, on Saturday, December 3, 2011. 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. For more information, interested authors should contact event coordinator, Christine Petro, at (212)-749-1570 or (212)-749-3713.

Follow Christine Petro on Twitter @ReadOutLoudNYC

Authors and Illustrators that have appeared at Read Out Loud! events


Phil Bildner

Yangsook Choi

Bryan Collier

Sally Cook

Jerry Craft*

Nina Crews

Sarah Deming

Zetta Elliot

Sandra Maria Esteves

Michael Forte

DuEwa Frazier

Torrey Maldonado

Lucia Menzinger

Roscoe Orman

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich*

Edel Rodriguez

Meg Starr

Javaka Steptoe

Nancy Tafuri

Eric Velasquez*