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.

Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too! is planning its 13th year of programming! 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.

Click here for PDF of activities and a map.  See you soon!

Lori Kendall
Event Manager
(952) 556-6186

2018 Featured Author

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Author Douglas Wood is the creator of 32 books with over 2.5 million copies in print. Old Turtle is a famed international classic, and his What Grown-Ups Can’t Do books are kid favorites and New York Times bestsellers.

Among his many honors and awards are the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, International Reading Association Book of the Year, Minnesota Book Award, Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year, Parent’s Choice Award, Barnes and Noble Star of the North, and Story Telling World Award.

Not only is he an author-illustrator, Doug is also an accomplished musician and composer. He sings and performs on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, often appearing with his Wild Spirit Band.  Today, Douglas Wood visits schools across the country, relating to kids with genuine warmth and empathy, combining serious purpose with light-hearted humor, and the rare ability to inspire.

2018 Sponsors
Ridgeview Medical Center
Wings Financial Credit Union
Chanhassen Rotary Club
Chaska Rotary Club
Friends of Chaska Library
Friends of Chanhassen Library
Chanhassen Villager
Chaska Herald
Chestnut Realty
Country Inn & Suites Chanhassen
Culvers of Chaska
Qdoba of Chaska
Pinwheel Play
District 112 Foundation
Mary Pat Nydahl / Edina Realty
Target Corp.
Usborne Books

This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Featured 2018 Artists, Performances, Local Authors:  North Star Irish Dancers, Dance Warehouse, Minnesota Opera, MacPhail Center for Music, Jim Hansel, Kathleen Rosales, Colette Nicoletta, Kristin Erickson, Barb Hone, Dan O’Brien, Barb Champion, Beavers Pond Press.

2018 Sponsors

Hooked on Books…and the Arts, too!  through the years.

David LaRochelle 2017

David LaRochelle website

Getting Hooked
Chaska Herald, Feb. 9, 2017



Jerry Pallotta 2014

Jerry Pallotta website

The Hook is Books Kids Can’t Put Down  — Chanhassen Villager, February 14, 2014 

Icy Roads Don’t Sidetrack Hooked on Books — Chaska Herald, February 25, 2014

Reading Makes Students Valuable Citizens — Commentary, Chanhassen Villager 2014

Steven Layne 2011

Steven Layne Website

Getting Young Readers Hooked — Chanhassen Villager, February 2011

Hooked on Books 2011 Video — Chaska Herald YouTube, February 2011


Deb Fraiser 2008

Debra Frasier Website

Paulette Bogan 2016

Paulette Bogan website

Polar bears, penguins and chicks! Oh my!
Southwest News Media February 24, 2016



Keiko Kasza 2013

Keiko Kasza Website

For the Young and Young at Heart — Chaska Herald, February 7, 2013




Amy Krouse Rosenthal 2010

Amy Krouse Rosenthal Website

Mary Casanova & Ard Hoyt 2012

Mary Casanova Website

Ard Hoyt Website

Eastern Carver County Schools Are Hooked on Books — Southwest Metro Magazine, February 2012

Hooked on Books is Set for February 11 — Chanhassen Villager, February 2012


Allison Stoutland & Cathy Hofher 2009

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