John Spoor Broome Library


Library Rooftop

9th Annual Children's Reading Celebration and 37th Annual Young Authors' Fair


When: Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Broome Library

 Children's Reading Celebration; Saturday, April 5 from 10:00am to 1:00pm


Children’s Reading Celebration Guide

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CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host the 9th Annual Children's Reading Celebration and the 37th Annual Young Authors' Fair on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the John Spoor Broome Library.  The program is sponsored by the John Spoor Broome Library, Ventura County Reading Association (VCRA), Target Foundation, the CI English Program, CI Mortar Board, and the Ventura County Office of Education.

The featured author will be Wade Bradford, with his picture book Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? Or, A History of Messy Rooms. Wade currently teaches English at Moorpark College. His first picture book, Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? (edited by Red Fox Literary agent Abigail Samoun) was published in 2011 by Tricycle Press/Random House. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said of the book: “This book deserves a place on the shelves next to the Magic School Bus series." In addition to writing picture books and novels, Wade has written over 25 plays, including CSI: Neverland, Promedy, and Tomorrow's Wish.

Children and their families will be able to meet the author and receive a free autographed book, while supplies last (one per family). This gift is funded by an early childhood literacy grant from the Target Foundation.

The day will feature hands-on participation in crafts and various activities. CI students enrolled in Claudia Reder’s English 212 course, “Introduction to Children’s Literature,” will be reading aloud to children and helping children make watercolor bookmarks. Students in CI Four Pillars chapter of Mortar Board National Honor Society will be hosting a craft area, a creative writing station and an open-mic session where children can share their creativity. New this year, CI students enrolled in Mary Adler’s English 477 course, “Adolescent Literature,” will help older children in attendance plan and perform reader’s theater. Additionally, all children are welcome to serve as the audience for reader’s theater and watch a story come to life. Children will also have a chance to read dozens of books written and illustrated for the Young Authors’ Fair by K-12 students in Ventura County.  If a child’s school participates in the Ventura County Reading Association’s Young Authors’ Fair, then that child is eligible to write a book and have his or her teacher enter it to be displayed and read at the Celebration on April 5.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available on campus in specific lots. Once on campus, follow the directional signs to the designated parking lot. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Books will be limited to one per family while supplies last.

Event Schedule: April 5, 2014

10:00am - 12:00pm
Bookmark making
Creative Writing
Book Art
Young Authors' Fair

10:00am - 12:00pm
Young Authors Fair

Open Mic - Millennium News Center

Wade Bradfor, Author of Why Do I Have to Make My Bed? Or, A History of Messy Rooms, Presentation & Book Giveaway


10:00am – 10:45am & 11:00am – 11:45am
Reader’s Theater (Grades 4 & up only please)

10:30 & 11:30
Watch Reader’s Theater (all ages)


For more information please contact Janet Pinkley at For additional information about VCRA’s Young Authors’ Fair please click here.


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