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.

Lori Kendall
Event Manager
(952) 556-6186

2020 Featured Author

Kristin Tripathy

February 1, 2020
9 a.m.-Noon
Chanhassen High School


2020 HOB Program/Activities

2020 HOB Map

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.

2020 Sponsors

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

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

Douglas Wood 2018

Douglas Wood Website

Author Douglas Wood brings music, storytelling to Hooked on Books
Southwest News Media, Feb. 22, 2018

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

Inch by Inch Books

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