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Reading Rocks

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We’re celebrating young people and the joy of reading! Join us Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. as we welcome author Miriam Busch and illustrator Larry Day to Center Court as they share two of their published children’s books Lion, Lion and Raisin, The Littlest Cow. Miriam and Larry will lead a story time, interactive story creation activity and more!

During Reading Rocks, guests will be treated to the reveal of local artist-designed rocking chairs inspired by favorite children’s books. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the rocking chairs through May 5 for the chance to take one home. All proceeds will benefit Community Action’s Head Start program.

Proudly sponsored by Union Bank & Trust

Thank you to our event partners!
Community Action Partnership Lancaster and Saunders Counties
Chapters Books & Gifts
The ArtReach Project

About Head Start

There are nearly 5,000 children age 5 and under living in poverty in the city of Lincoln alone. Community Action provides high-quality early childhood education services to children and families living in poverty. Operating in Lincoln since 1966, their programs focus on readiness – children ready for school, families ready to support their children’s development and schools ready to prepare the children who walk through their doors to graduate from high school. Head Start programs ensure that the community’s most vulnerable children are provided cognitive, social-emotional, physical, and linguistic interventions they need to be ready for kindergarten.

Head Start programs extend beyond the child to serve the whole family. Educators and Family Engagement Staff provide ongoing support to parents and caregiver to empower them to set goals, move toward greater economic stability, and prepare them to be their child’s first and most important teacher.

About Miriam Busch

Miriam Busch is the author of the picture books Lion, Lion and Raisin, The Littlest Cow, and the National Geographic Early Reader Storms! She's been a wildlife manager (think elephants), glass sandblaster, and an electrician of sorts. So many stories! Miriam earned her MFAC from Hamline University in 2014, where she received both DiCamillo’s Herman W. Block award and the JRT prize.

In addition to freelance editing and consulting, Miriam leads story workshops with all grade levels -- kindergarten through university. She is currently at work on a middle grade novel and more picture books with her husband, illustrator Larry Day. Miriam travels frequently between Illinois and Colorado.

About Larry Day

Larry Day is the award-winning illustrator of over 25 fiction and non-fiction titles. Most recent title: Voices from the Underground Railroad (Kay Winters). Forthcoming: Found (Jeff Newman), Beware! (Bob Raschka), Bim Bam Bop and Oona (Jacqueline Briggs Martin), My Fourth of July (Jerry Spinelli). He has won numerous state awards, a Golden Kite Award, and three gold medals from the Society of Illustrators.

Larry spent his childhood in Gibson City, Illinois, a rural farming community where he never had enough picture books. Despite flunking Art in high school, he earned an Associate’s Degree in commercial art, and before becoming a picture book illustrator, he illustrated pinball and video arcade games. Day is a senior storyboard artist in the advertising industry. He lives in the Midwest.


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