March means PARP—Pick a Reading Partner!

PARP encourages children to relish reading. It’s an annual, month-long celebration full of mystery readers, author visits, book groups, character days, and more, made extra special by school librarians, reading specialists, teachers, administrators, and parents.

This year’s inventive themes are Reading Rocks – Be a Reading Rockstar (IMES); Reading Is Emojinal (MPES) and March Reading Madness (KES).

All schools planned to launch PARP with a visit from John Jay High School drama group. (Because of snow days, some schools will end with this event.) High school students performed skits from favorite children's books including "Henny Penny," "The Night I Followed the Dog," "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "The Trouble With Cauliflower," and "Where the Wild Things Are."

Author visits inspire children to read . . . and write!

Children also met published authors during PARP. They wrote poems with Ted Scheu—and sang “Now I Know My ZBCz;”  talked about writing with Rob Buyea--he also read some of the Mr. Terupt series; and thought like illustrators with Barbara McClintock who shared her new book, “The Five Forms.”