Best-selling author Jim Trelease will address parents, teachers and the general public Sept. 30 at Northview High School Auditorium.
With funding from the Clay County CAPE grant, an inservice for professionals, will take place 4 to 6 p.m. and a public session will run 7 to 8:30 p.m. Trelease is the author of The New York Times bestseller, "The Read-Aloud Handbook". He will speak on "Reading Aloud: Motivating children to make books into friends, not enemies."
"American literacy scores," Trelease declares, "are due in large part to the fact that two-thirds of our children don't like to read. No player in the NBA was born wanting to play basketball. The desire to play ball or to read must be planted. The last 25 years of research shows that reading aloud to a child is the oldest, cheapest and most successful method of instilling that desire. Shooting baskets with a child creates a basketball player; reading to a child creates a reader."
For 20 years, Trelease was an award-winning artist and writer for a daily newspaper in New England. During this period, he visited hundreds of classrooms as a school volunteer, talking with students about he joys of reading. Those visits, combined with his nightly reading to his own two children, became the springboards to his national bestseller that spent 17 weeks on The New York Times list.
Four American editions have followed, along with British, Australian, Chinese and Japanese editions, with more than a million and a half copies in print -- the all-time bestselling guide to children's literature for parents and teachers. Since 1985, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and Hawaii have developed state-wide programs based upon it.
In his lecture presentation, Trelease uses an anecdotal style that rings with humor and enthusiasm. While the program is about children's reading, its content is aimed at an adult audience. Citing dozens of titles and demonstrating the simple techniques involved in reading aloud, Trelease traces its need from the cradle to adolescence.
The father of two grown children, Trelease will also home herself. "It"s easy to be creative. I can fill it with all my favorite things." She operates her own "Home Decor and Room Transformation" called "Fussbudget."
Also available for viewing in the Meridian-Forest Historic District Home Tour in downtown Brazil, just north of U.S. 40, are Moore Funeral Home, owned by Rob and Vanita Moore, and the homes of Todd and Angela Jacoby, Greg and Kathy Comp and Linda Cooper. Refreshments will be served on the lawn of Robert and Jodi Shepard.
Tickets for the tour, which will be this Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m., can be purchased at Page's Food Store and Lynn's Pharmacy or from Veda Bussing, 448-8595, or Jan Stapp, 442-1423. Tickets will also be on sale during the event at each of the six featured sites.