Exercise the Right to Read

exercise.jpgFor some kids, reading would be a lot better if it were kinetic. Exercise the Right to Read, a program from my listmate, Wendelin Van Draanen at Knopf, a division of Random House, gives kids incentive to burn up their energy while stocking depleting library shelves. From the press release: After ten years of author visits to schools across the country, Van Draanen became concerned that two-thirds of children in the United States did not pass school fitness tests. This, coupled with growing cuts in funding for school library books, inspired Van Draanen to create Exercise the Right to Read, a marathon-based “running for reading” campaign that addresses many schools’ wellness, literacy, and community service goals. Isn’t that cool? Find out more by visiting www.exercisetherighttoread.org, or, if you’re interested in interviewing Van Draanen, contact her publicist, Elizabeth Mackey, at Random House: emackey@randomhouse.com.


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