Etcetera - 03/17/11

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Collaborating with illustrator Lane Smith, children's author Jon Scieszka authored the very popular children's books "The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales," "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" and "Math Curse."

He also wrote a number of books featuring The Time Warp Trio, children who visit various moments in history through time travel.

Jon will be in town for Walla Walla Kids Read! 2011, said Beth Hudson, interim director of the Walla Walla Public Library.

Jon, "one of America's most beloved children's authors, ... is expected to entertain and educate thousands of local students at Cordiner Hall on the Whitman College campus," Beth said. The event, designed for schools and open to the public, will be March 21 and 22.

Walla Walla author Patrick Carman created and sponsors the program to promote literacy and the love of books and gives local children the opportunity to meet world-famous authors, Beth said.

Patrick is the bestselling author of "The Land of Elyon" series and "39 Clues" series, as well as others.

The city of Walla Walla declared March 20-26 Walla Walla Kids Read! Week.

The program is designed to inspire every kindergarten-fifth-grade child in the Walla Walla Valley by bringing students to hear a noted author. Walla Walla Kids Read foots all costs, including busing students to and from the event from the six Walla Walla-based elementary schools. Schools outside Walla Walla are invited to attend at no cost, but will be required to cover the cost of transportation.

The community event will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Edison School. Authors at the event will be Jon, Patrick and children's author and illustrator David Shannon, who grew up in Spokane and won a Caldecott Honor for his "No, David!" Books will be sold at Edison through Book & Game Co.

Not only that, but those attending will get to meet the Stinky Cheese Man in costume and take pictures with characters from Jon Scieszka's books; and participate in a book walk (like a cake walk, but zero calories).

Additional details, including the Cordiner Hall visits for schools are at www.wallawallakidsread.com.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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