Hooked on Books
Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! is a community-wide celebration in support of literacy and the arts. The event has been an on-going partnership between Eastern Carver County Community Education and the Carver County Library system.
The event integrates literacy and the arts in an imaginative and innovative way. Memories are made for the participants, especially preschool through fifth grade students and their families. Heroes are made out of authors, illustrators, dancers, musicians, and artists, and inspiration takes place along the way.
This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
During her teaching career, Kristin developed a love for children’s books and realized the value and role that they can play while teaching the craft of writing. By studying children’s authors, she was able to identify beneficial ways to teach basic tenets of good writing and at the same time foster a love of reading and storytelling in children.
Kristin realizes the importance for children to be able to recognize themselves in the books that are read. Children need to identify with the characters and also see representative characters in the literature. Therefore, My Friend, Mi Amigo (English/Spanish) was written and published along with My Friend, Mera Dost (English/Hindi.) These books offer opportunities that embrace diversity in a fun, playful and meaningful manner and encourage oral language development as well.
A Look Back at Hooked on Books...and the Arts, too!