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Area Children to “Read for the Record” on October 6

Media Advisory - For Thursday, October 6, 2011

Contact: Beth Spezia, WSIU Outreach Coordinator, (618) 453-5595,

Carbondale, Ill. – Reporters, camera crews, and photographers are invited to join WSIU Public Broadcasting, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, at Carruthers Elementary School, 80 Candy Lane in Murphysboro, Illinois on Thursday, October 6 from 1-2:30pm where kindergarten students will participate in the annual global literacy campaign “Read for the Record.”

Presented by Jumpstart, a national early education organization dedicated to preparing young children for success in school, “Read for the Record” invites children, teachers, and families to set a world record for the most people reading the same book on the same day.

This year's “Read for the Record” book is “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney. Children will read the book together, answer questions about the story, create rhyming books, “dress” llama and tree posters with fur (cottonballs) and leaves (green construction paper), and meet a real, live llama!

Dayle Russell of Caru Llamas & Alpacas in Herrin, Illinois will lead a live llama demonstration to teach children about llamas and how to approach them. Each child will get a chance to pet the llama. WSIU will present children with certificates for participating in “Read for the Record” and will distribute books.

“Read for the Record” highlights the importance of reading to young children to help them develop crucial early language and literacy skills. Learn more at

1-1:20pm    Group Reading of Book / Discussion
Children from the kindergarten classes of Mrs. Green, Mrs. Stilley, Mrs. Runge, and Mrs. Graeff will read “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney and answer questions about the book.

1:20-2:30pm    Llama Llama Red Pajama Activities
Children will split into different groups to create rhyming books, “dress” large llama and tree posters, meet a real llama (outside), and get certificates of participation.

“Read for the Record” is an extension of the WSIU's participation in PBS KIDS Raising Readers, a national literacy initiative that uses the power of public media to help improve the reading skills of young children, with an emphasis on children from low-income families. Raising Readers is funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, part of a cooperative agreement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), PBS, and The Ready To Learn Partnership.

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