Author to visit Stair Public Library 2012.09.05

Written by David Green.

A popular children’s author will visit Morenci on Sept. 11.

Kathy-Jo Wargin, author of many books published by Chelsea-based Sleeping Bear Press including “The Legend of Mackinac Island,” “The Legend of Sleeping Bear,” “The Michigan Counting Book,” and “Scare a Bear,” will visit Stair Public Library at 11 a.m. and Morenci Elementary School in the afternoon.

The Library of Michigan chose Wargin’s “Moose on the Loose” book as the 2012 Michigan Reads! selection. John Bendall-Brunello illustrated the book.

The Library of Michigan launched the Michigan Reads! program in 2004 with the Michigan Center for the Book to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers, to encourage family bonding through reading, and to increase awareness and usage of Michigan’s libraries.

Stair Public Library is one of eight libraries in the state selected to host Wargin for the Michigan Reads! author tour. The library arranged for Morenci Elementary School to also host the author.

Parents of pre-schoolers and day care providers are welcome to bring children to the library event at 11 a.m. In addition to the author reading her book, the library will offer crafts and a snack. Registration is not necessary, but let library staff know approximately how many children will attend the program so adequate supplies will be available.

The Michigan Reads! program is sponsored by Target, with additional support from the Library of Michigan Foundation and Sleeping Bear Press. The author tour is made possible by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.”

About the book

Moose on the Loose is full of movement and activity as a little boy meets up with a moose. Using cause-and-effect prose, the reader travels with the moose through the catchy, rhyming text, anticipating the moose’s next moves as the boy tries to keep up with this outdoor animal on the run. The story, the language, the rhythm of the questions, and the wonderful illustrations all work together to make Moose on the Loose a read-aloud that both children and older readers will want to experience again and again.

Kathy-jo Wargin is the bestselling author of more than 30 books for children. Among her many awards for her work are an IRA Children’s Choice Award for The Legend of the Loon and an IRA Teachers’ Choice Award for Win One for the Gipper. Kathy-jo lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

John Bendall-Brunello began drawing at quite a young age, and especially loves illustrating animals and children, capturing movement and life within simple and bold compositions. He has illustrated over 60 children’s books. John lives part of the year in Cambridge, England, and part in Cannes in the south of France.

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