Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Reading Initiative.
Stop Snoring, Bernard!, a delightful book written and illustrated by Zachariah OHora for children ages 3 to 6, is Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child 2012 selection. This year's program officially kicks off on March 27, 2012.
Published in 2011, this engaging book follows the loveable sea otter Bernard as he tries to find a place in the zoo where his loud snoring won't disturb the other animals. Stop Snoring, Bernard! encourages young readers to appreciate what makes each of us different. Stop Snoring, Bernard! is OHora's first book for children and it is the recipient of the 2011 Society of Illustrator's Founders Award.
This is the seventh year of this valuable program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers. In its inaugural year, the One Book, Every Young Child program won the coveted, national John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award.
The collaborating agencies all support early childhood literacy efforts and emphasizing the importance of reading early and often to children, as well as engaging them in conversation and other activities around books. They have worked together to develop this multi-faceted program which is accessible to all areas and populations of the state.
Throughout the year, there will be local events including author visits; library and museum programming for families; and activities for parents, early child care providers, and educators at www.paonebook.org. There also will be traveling trunks developed by museum educators to help expand upon the concepts in Stop Snoring, Bernard! Each trunk is filled with fun book-related activities, games, and manipulatives for young children, as well as a guide for librarians and educators that encourages use of the trunk contents in activities that are aligned with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.
One Book, Every Young Child is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Child Care Association, PennSERVE, HSLC/Access PA, and Verizon. This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Pennsylvania's Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
Previous selections for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program are:
• 2011 Book Selection
Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne
• 2010 Book Selection
What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand
• 2009 Book Selection
If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
• 2008 Book Selection
Up, Down, and Around by author Katherine Ayres and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott
• 2007 Book Selection
A Splendid Friend, Indeed by author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom
• 2006 Book Selection
Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George