Reading Festival promises fun Saturday

THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO AS MAYOR—Include dressing silly to promote the town’s newest festival, Reading Rocks in Rockford. Mayor Chi Chi Rogers reads with Rockford Rotary president Ramona Hinton. As part of Hinton’s presidency, she came up with this new festival to promote literacy in an active, hands-on way.

THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO AS MAYOR—Include dressing silly to promote the town’s newest festival, Reading Rocks in Rockford. Mayor Chi Chi Rogers reads with Rockford Rotary president Ramona Hinton. As part of Hinton’s presidency, she came up with this new festival to promote literacy in an active, hands-on way.

Rockford is a town of many talents and a town of many exciting summmer events. This Saturday, August 29, Rockford Rotary combines the two in the newest annual event: Reading Rocks in Rockford.

Reading will be anything but a sedate, solitary pursuit this weekend with active and hands-on activities with a reading theme.

Rockford Rotary has long partnered with Rockford Schools and schools in other countries to promote literacy, international goodwill and even fill hungry bellies. Each Tuesday children in a Dominican Republic School eat breakfast because Rockford Rotary pays for it.

Now, right at home, experience literacy in a variety of venues.

Have breakfast with authors in Krause Memorial Library Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. for just $4. At 9:45 a.m. dress up as your favorite storybook character and enjoy a side walk parade which starts at Rockford City Hall.

Events take place throughout the day all over downtown. More than a dozen authors will visit town and will read and sign books. Signs around town will direct festival attendees to the different events. An outdoor lunch adventure will take place from 11:30 a.m. at Garden Club Park. Bring a lunch or purchase lunch downtown and enjoy Jeff Schatzer and his new book Professor Tuesday’s Awesome Adventure.

All ages will enjoy this chance to celebrate the joy of reading, to meet Rockford athletes, school officials, authors and Rotarians as they read out loud.

Activities begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and continue to 3 p.m. Don’t miss this first-time new festival with a literary theme.

1. Jeff Schatzer – main stage

2. Carl Behrend – main stage

3. Sow Hope-One Hen – main stage

4. Nancy Edwards

5. Jean Alicia Elster ( wants to come to Author breakfast)

6. Renee Hand

7. Alan St. Jean

8. Karen Bell-Brege – possibly present as well

9. Kim Cory –

10. Roland Hansen

11. Kenn Vidro

12. Shirley Neitzel

13. Judith Wade

14. Janet Heller

15. Wendy Gager/and an author friend

16. MaryAnn Lesert

Robin Schmidt to display books at Frenz Restaurant

Information about authors:

Judith Wade, Author Eagle, MI email: rileypress@yahoo.com Judith’s website: rileypress.hypermart.net

Books:

Mermaid Dreams (Riley Press, 2005)

The Mermaid’s Gift (Riley Press, 2004)

The Secret of Mermaid Island (Riley Press, 2003)

Kim Delmar Cory, Author Holt, MI email: kcory@lcc.edu Kim’s website: www.kdelmarcory.com

Books [titles are Michigan-based historical novels for grades 4-6]

Home to Mackinac (Mackinac State Historic Parks, May 2006), Michigan based YA Historical Fiction

Charlie Boy (Royal Fireworks Press, 1999)

Lilly’s Way (Royal Fireworks Press, 1998)

Renee Hand, Author Byron, MI e-mail: thecryptocapersseries@gmail.com

Renee’s websites: www.reneeahand.com and http://thecryptocapersseries.blogspot.com

Books (The Crypto-Capers Series):

Book 3: The Legend of the Golden Monkey (North Star Press, fall 2009)

Book 2: The Case of Red Rock Canyon (North Star Press, 2009)

Book 1: The Case of the Missing Sock (North Star Press, 2008)

Jean Alicia Elster, Author Detroit, MI email: author@jeanaliciaelster.com

Jean’s website: www.jeanaliciaelster.com

Books:

Who’s Jim Hines? (Wayne State University Press, 2008), a middle grade novel

I’ll Do the Right Thing (Judson Press, 2003), a picture story book, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

I’ll Fly My Own Plane (Judson Press, 2002), a picture story book, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

I Have a Dream, Too! (Judson Press, 2002), a picture story book, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Just Call Me Joe Joe (Judson Press, 2001), a picture story book, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Shirley Neitzel, Author Grand Rapids, MI email: shirleyneitzel@charter.net

Shirley’s website: www.shirleyneitzel.com

Books [all titles are picture books illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker unless otherwise noted]

Who Will I Be? A Halloween Rebus Story (Greenwillow, August 2005)

This Is the Ark That Noah Built (Augsburg, May 2004)

Liberty and Justice for All (River Road, 2002), illustrated by Carolyn Stich

Our Class Took a Trip to the Zoo (Greenwillow, 2002)

I’m Not Feeling Well Today (Greenwillow, Spring 2001)

I’m Taking a Trip on My Train (Greenwillow, 1999, ISBN 0688158331)

The House I’ll Build for the Wrens (Greenwillow, 1997, ISBN 0688149731)

We’re Making Breakfast for Mother (Greenwillow, 1997, ISBN 0688145752)

The Bag I’m Taking to Grandma’s (Greenwillow, 1995, ISBN 0688158404)

The Dress I’ll Wear to the Party (Greenwillow, 1995, ISBN 0688142613 )

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow (Greenwillow, 1989, ISBN 0688045871)

From the Land of the White Birch (River Road, 1997, ISBN 093868244X), a storybook of Ojibwa legends illustrated by Daniel Powers

Kenn Vidro 2115 Plymouth Ave., SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 Email: kvidro@rockfordschools.org

Square Pears I, II, III

Tongue Twisters

Pear Pair

Roland Hansen, Author Fenton, MI

Roland’s website: http://www.childrensbooksbyrolandhansen.com/

Books

Email: rlndhansen@yahoo.com

[picture books; all illustrated by Brittany Janay Jackson]

Tim the Cat (English, Spanish, and Arabic editions, GP Publishing, 2007)

Jingle Jangles Smith (GP Publishing, 2008)

Timmy’s Trouble Tale (GP Publishing, 2009, Spanish edition forthcoming)

Life on Happy Pond (GP Publishing, 2009)

Nancy Edwards, Author Port Huron, MI email: nancy_leigh@hotmail.com

Books

Mom for Mayor (Cricket Books, Feb 06), a MG novel

Glenna’s Seeds (Child and Family Press, 2000, ISBN 0878687882), a picture book

Alan St. Jean, Author Battle Creek, MI e-mail: author@alanstjean.com

Alan’s website: www.alanstjean.com

Books

Spooky Mooky, Volume II of the Daydreams Collection (Oren Village, Summer 2008) illustrated by Libby Carruth Krock, picture book

Big Fella, Volume I of the Daydreams Collection (Oren Village, Summer 2008) illustrated by Krock, picture book

Aidan of Oren, Valley of the Dragons (Oren Village, Fall 2007) illustrated by Judith Friedman Nagel, chapter book

Aidan of Oren, The Elf Princess (Oren Village, Spring 2006) illustrated by Nagel, chapter book

Aidan of Oren, The Journey Begins (Moo Press, Spring 2004) illustrated by Nagel, chapter book

Alyssa and the Spider, Volume III of the Daydreams Collection (Oren Village, Summer 2009) illustrated by Libby Carruth Krock, picture book

The Chronicles of Oren (Oren Village, Summer 2010) – Middle/High School Thriller

Karen Bell-Brege, Author Brighton, MI email: mickmorrisinfo@yahoo.com

Karen’s website: www.mickmorris.com

Mick Morris Myth Solver # 4 The Grudge of the Gremlins! (Team B Creative, 2007), illustrated by Darrin Brege

Mick Morris Myth Solver #3 Champ…A Wave of Terror! (Team B Creative, 2006), illustrated by Darrin Brege

Mick Morris Myth Solver #2 Bigfoot…Big Trouble! (Team B Creative, 2006), illustrated by Darrin Brege

Mick Morris Myth Solver #1 All Isn’t Well in Roswell (Team B Creative, 2005), a middle grade novel, illustrated by Darrin Brege

The Chill Art Sketchbook-How to Draw 12 of Your Favorite Chillers Creatures (Audiocraft Publishing, 2005), non-fiction, co-author and illustrator Darrin Brege

Janet Ruth Heller, Author Portage, MI email: janet.heller@wmich.edu

Books

How the Moon Regained her Shape (Sylvan Dell, Feb 2006), a picture book, illustrated by Ben Hodson

Maryann Lesert 524 Plum Wayland, MI 49348

Books

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