Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4:30 p.m. — RUTLAND — On Thursday, Oct. 22, people across the country will unite to read the children’s book “Not Norman,” a humorous tale about a child who finds a new friend in an unexpected place. Join a national movement to set a new record for reading the same book on the same day by coming by Phoenix Books Rutland at 4:30 p.m. for a Read for the Record story time.
About Read for the Record: Jumpstart is a national organization that works toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart’s premiere national campaign, Read for the Record, mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. In 2006, Jumpstart launched the first Read for the Record campaign with the classic story “The Little Engine that Could.” Jumpstart began the morning of that campaign day on NBC’s TODAY Show, which has become a proud tradition. Jumpstart’s supporters helped set a new record for reading the same book on the same day, and in the process, created a national forum for concerned citizens to voice their support of early education.
About “Not Norman”: Norman the goldfish isn’t what this little boy had in mind. He wanted a different kind of pet — one that could run and catch, or chase string and climb trees, a soft furry pet to sleep on his bed at night. Definitely not Norman. But when he tries to trade Norman for a “good pet,” things don’t go as he planned. Could it be that Norman is a better pet than he thought? With wry humor and lighthearted affection, author Kelly Bennett and illustrator Noah Z. Jones tell an unexpected — and positively fishy — tale about finding the good in something you didn’t know you wanted.
“Not Norman” is ideal for children ages 4-8, although all ages are welcome to this event.
Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center Street in Rutland. This event is free and open to all ages. For more information, call 802-855-8078 or visit www.phoenixbooks.biz.