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.

Lori Kendall
Event Manager
(952) 556-6186

2019 Featured Author

Susan Verde

February 2, 2019
9 a.m.-Noon
Chanhassen High School


Susan Verde believes every child’s experience is unique and should be celebrated! Her books tell tales of magical museum visits, share the keys to lasting friendships and help you find a moment of calm in a sea of busy. She regularly visits schools nationwide to share how she became a children’s book author, share some insights to the writing process and pair a book reading with craft or learning activity.

In addition to writing books for kids, she also teaches yoga and mindfulness to children of all ages. She is a yogi herself and is still working on her headstand.

Her award-winning stories celebrate the unique voices and experiences of kids and inspire adults to let their own inner child out…maybe for a spontaneous game of hopscotch every now and then. Susan’s books have been translated into multiple languages and she loves to bring her knowledge of writing, yoga, and mindfulness to schools, libraries and yoga studios.

2019 Sponsors

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

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

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