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Reading Is Fundamental Hosts Notable Author for Workshops at DC Schools

Rosanne Parry to Inspire Next-Generation of Storytellers

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2012 – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, is hosting notable children’s author Rosanne Parry for multiple workshops with students in District of Columbia Public Schools.

“Rosanne Parry is not only a great storyteller but is also a great inspiration for tomorrow’s storytellers,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “She has the ability to redefine what it means to be an author when talking to kids who, like she did as a child, picture a quiet life at a desk. Through these events we’re giving children tools to start telling their own stories.”

Parry will visit fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at four schools in the District of Columbia: Kimball Elementary School, Simon Elementary School, Ferebee-Hope Community School and Friendship Public Charter School. The main focus of her visit will be her ‘Story Hunting’ workshops, where she works with students to explore where authors get story ideas and have students bank their own ideas. Additionally, she’ll take sixth grade students through the book publishing process.

Margaret McNamara Pastor, member of RIF’s Board of Directors and daughter of RIF Founder Margaret McNamara, will accompany Parry and RIF staff on the visits.

Parry is the author of three books: Heart of a Shepard (Random House, 2009), Daddy’s Home (Candy Cane Press, 2009) and Second Fiddle (Random House, 2011). Her books have received numerous accolades, including the Oregon Spirit Award and Rodda Award. Her books have also been named on The Washington Post’s Best Children’s Book list, the Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year list and the Horn Book Fanfare Best Books list.

About Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF)
Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provided 4 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources last year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

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Reading Is Fundamental Hosts Notable Author for Workshops at DC Schools