Sen. Jansen celebrates Children’s Book Week
LANSING - To increase reading among youth across the state, Sen. Mark Jansen celebrated “Children’s Book Week,” observed in Michigan from May 12-18 this year, at the state Capitol Thursday.
“Children need to learn early in life that reading is fun and educational,” said Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “Reading is the key to any door. If you can read then your options are limitless. We need to pass our love of learning on to young people.”
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of Sleeping Bear Press’ release of its first children’s book: The Legend of Sleeping Bear, Michigan’s official state children’s book.
“By encouraging children to read, we are helping them prepare for their future,” Jansen said. “This year, celebrate Children’s Book Week by reading your favorite children’s book to a child in your life. No matter how hectic your schedule might be, you will be rewarded if you take the time to share the power and excitement of books.”
To observe the occasion, Sleeping Bear Press distributed complimentary copies of The Legend of Sleeping Bear and its new book to all state legislators.
“I encourage all of my colleagues to take this opportunity to spread the joy of reading by sharing these cherished books with children at their local libraries or elementary schools,” Jansen said.
Editor’s note: A photo of Sen. Jansen with officials from Sleeping Bear Press, the illustrator of The Legend of Sleeping Bear and a children’s book author is available on the Senate Majority Photowire at: http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=28
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2008
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