BOOK GIVEAWAY: Mayor's Summer Reading Club 2021

Drive-Thru READ & FEED Event, July 17

By Kristen Wright Matthews, Editor & Publisher, Macaroni Kid College Park * East Point * Morrow July 11, 2021

We are proud to announce that once again, for the 3rd consecutive year, Macaroni Kid College Park * East Point * Morrow has partnered with the Mayor's Summer Reading Club to provide free books to early readers, all summer long. On Saturday, July 17 from 11:00 - 1:00 PM, registrants can pick up a copy of the 2021 Book Selections, a healthy snack (provided by Feeding Georgia Families) and a personal night light (provided by Blankies 4 My Buddies) at  Burdett Park Gym, located at 2945 Burdett Rd, College Park, GA 30349. Attendees must register. Limited books available.

Then, at 7:00 PM, there will be a LIVE reading on Facebook by author and storyteller, Read with CaryLee. All registrants will be registered to win a copy of one of Carylee's books, "Everyone Just Like Me" or "Pretty Hair." The winner will be announced at the end of the readings on Read with CaryLee's Facebook page and winner must be present. 

What is the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club?

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club (MSRC) is a program for children ages birth to five and their families that takes place in various locations throughout the City of Atlanta each summer. Every year, we announce a city-wide book choice for infants and children ages 2-5 to share with their families. We work with direct service programs to distribute copies of the books at no cost to children, and we encourage schools and early education programs to introduce the story and distribute the books to children they serve.

Throughout the summer, libraries, summer, museums, farmers’ markets, and other institutions in Atlanta hold “book club reads” to model research based methods of reading books with children and host enrichment events based upon the stories. The books come to life as children enjoy arts and crafts activities, drama exercises, and other hands on activities designed to make the language in the stories meaningful to children. This year’s choices for infants are Do You Love the Dark? by Maya Lawrence, illustrated by Gregory Christie, and Llama, Llama, Nighty-Night by Anna Dewdney.

Who sponsors the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club?

GEEARS: The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students convenes and coordinates the MSRC which is funded by PNC and the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Along with the funding, the real keys to the program’s success are the efforts of the Atlanta Speech School, the Alliance Theatre, and the dozens of partner organizations who work to sponsor individual activities, distribute books, and spread the word to parents and children. Finally, the MSRC owes special thanks to the Mayor’s Office of the City of Atlanta for its continuing partnership and support.

Written By: Maya Lawrence

Illustrated By: R. Gregory Christie

Ages: 3-5

Commissioned for the MSRC by our partners at the Alliance Theatre, Do You Love the Dark? contains a READ Guide from the Rollins Center for Early Learning and Literacy (Atlanta Speech School). We are thankful for the generous funding support of PNC, who helped bring this creative partnership together.  

If your little one is afraid of the dark, you’ll enjoy this story of how to overcome fear with love from the heart.

Written By: Anna Dewdney

Ages: 0-2

What’s the best part of bedtime? Stories with Mama! Before cuddling, Llama Llama must splish and splash in the tub, then put his red pajamas on.

Dewdney’s catchy rhymes, effortless rhythm, and adorable artwork can now be enjoyed by even younger audiences. Toddlers will love this perfect read-aloud.

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