On Saturday, March 22, Raising A Reader, San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties and Children’s Fairyland hosted a family literacy day: “The Wild Journey.”

Over 200 free tickets had been given to Raising A Reader participants, and the day was filled with read-alouds and hands-on workshops based on Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.

240 children and 139 parents participated in interactive stations related to a wild journey, getting stamps on their reading passports for each completed activity. Activities encouraged parents and children to have fun together while building early literacy development skills such as:

  • Building print awareness by creating and writing their own book about a journey
  • Building narrative skills as they are interviewed by parents about a journey they would like to take
  • Creating hand puppets to serve as “Reading Buddies” at home
  • Participating in a signature Raising A Reader interactive read-aloud of Where the Wild Things Are and Amazing Grace

Completed passports earned families free entry into the park on another day and copies of Where the Wild Things Are and Amazing Grace for their home libraries.

The Oakland Rotary and Chabot Space and Science Center were participating partners in the event. RAR would like to thank the Oakland Rotary for providing books for participants to add to their home libraries.

Research shows that early literacy skills such as vocabulary, language skills, phonemic awareness, and alphabet knowledge at entry into kindergarten are strongly correlated with 3rd-grade fluency, success in high school, and the likelihood a child will attend college.

About Raising A Reader, San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa Counties:

Raising A Reader’s mission is to build early literacy through family engagement. Our programs support families to read with their young children from birth by providing access to high-quality children’s books, training for parents, and support for early childhood educators. Twenty-five years of research has shown that engaging families in daily book-sharing fosters brain development, builds early literacy skills, strengthens social and emotional development, and lays the groundwork for a child’s academic success. A community-based affiliate of Raising A Reader National and an independent 501(c)(3) organization, RAR serves over 14,000 children and their families through book rotation programs, literacy events, and workshops and training for parents and educators.

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