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Read And Write Nights – December 2023

December 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Your favorite monthly virtual program is back…
Oh yes, it’s Read And Write Night!

Kalamazoo County youth in grades K–5 are invited to join RAWK volunteers and volunteers from the Western Michigan University chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association to share our monthly picture book title. Working in small groups, we will read aloud and then respond to the story with using engaging and creative prompts that encourage us to discuss, write, and draw! After small group time, we’ll have a chance to share our responses with the whole group.

Hear a perspective that is new to you, enjoy reading together, express your ideas, and find power in the written word.

All Read and Write Nights will take place via Google Meet.

Each participating family will receive a copy of our monthly book prior to the event
This month’s session is open to 16 families

Registration opens on November 8th
Click here to register

our December title is Imagine!
written by Bruno Tognolini, translated by Denise Muir, and illustrated by Giulia Orecchia

From the unique voice of Bruno Tognolini, Italy’s most-loved children’s poet today, come these exuberant “rhymes of hope to shout together”. Skillfully translated by Denise Muir, this musical rhythmic chant gives voice to the wishes and hopes of children for a better future. From grand dreams of peace, solidarity between nations, and protection of our environment, to the intimate, wishes for friendship, opportunity, and joyful birthday celebrations; all are heartfelt cries for a better life and future.

Accompanied by the vibrant collage art of Giulia Orecchia, this youthful anthem for change, in the tradition of social justice poetry, is a true manifesto of hope. If children hold the key to the future, this book unlocks their potential. Who can resist the drumbeat call to rise, take to the streets, and shout these lines to the skies? Imagine!




December 13, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Virtual – Google Meet