Children's author Jon Scieszka to speak at Walla Walla Kids Read event

Thousands of children in kindergarten through fifth grade will hear Jon Scieszka speak about his love of literature and storytelling.

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WALLA WALLA - The 2011 Walla Walla Kids Read event will introduce children's author Jon Scieszka to Walla Walla's elementary school children this spring.

Scieszka is to speak March 21-22 at Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus as part of the annual literacy event designed specifically to serve the region's youths.

Over two days, thousands of children in kindergarten through fifth grade will hear Scieszka speak about his love of literature and storytelling.

Scieszka may best be known for "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!," which was illustrated by Lane Smith, a frequent collaborator on Scieszka's books. The book tells the true story of that fateful day, as told by A. Wolf, who argues why he was unfairly framed in the fate of the unfortunate swine.

Scieszka also wrote "Robot Zot!," the story of a robot seeking world domination and the unexpected adventures that follow. The book is illustrated by David Shannon, who was in Walla Walla for the 2009 Walla Walla Kids Read program.

Scieszka's other works include "The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Fairy Tales," "Math Curse," "Squids Will be Squids," and "Cowby and Octopus," all collaborations with Smith.

Those listing are among many more works by Scieszka that have won him recognition and awards as an imaginative and skilled children's books author.

In 2008, Scieszka was named the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Librarian of Congress.

Walla Walla Kids Read will mark its fourth year of bringing a nationally recognized author to the Valley with the goal of inspiring a passion for art literature among the area's younger students.

The program is free and geared for area children in those grades. Authors are brought to Walla Walla, and the two days of programming are carried out at no cost to area families. Walla Walla Kids Read was launched in 2007 by nationally bestselling youth author Patrick Carman, who is a Walla Walla resident.

The 2011 event will mark the first time one author speaks to all K-5 children, rather than two different authors. Last year's event drew Judy Schachner, creator of the popular "Skippyjon Jones" series of books, and author Blue Balliett, who presented to older grades.

More information on the 2011 Walla Walla Kids Read program is available online at wallawallakidsread.com.

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