Who goes to the largest county fair in the nation to read? Well, every child who visits the L.A. County Fair this year. Why, you ask? Because the Fair is where they’ll find their literacy fun.
The popular America’s Kids exhibition, where kids play and learn, presents “Leap Into Literature,” where guests will explore the enchanted world of children’s literature. Step into the pages of classic novels, listen to storytelling, meet a famous author, hug a lovable character and read about the fascinating lives of classic children’s authors and even sign up for a library card.
“We know the importance of reading and literacy to the future success of children. This is a great way to mesh literature with the fun of the L.A. County Fair,” said Tricia Bassett, America’s Kids coordinator.
America’s Kids is sponsored by McDonald’s.
Classic literature and modern popular children’s books will come to life in every area of the exhibit. From fairy tales to nursery rhymes to popular novels, children can be immersed in the culture of books, including reading an excerpt from books and brief summaries about each author.
A stop at “Charlotte’s Web” includes a peek inside a barn and into a cozy, hay-filled stall with Charlotte the spider, Wilbur the pig and farm girl Fern. Or follow the
yellow brick road to the “Wonderful World of Oz,” where visitors can see Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto, too.
Tom Sawyer, the Secret Garden, Hansel and Gretel, the American Girls and Harry Potter await the rest of the trip through America’s Kids. Each stop includes a corresponding activity. Other events include seeing live creatures at StoryLand Zoo, story time, puppet shows and song time. Several authors will visit throughout the Fair, offering readers an opportunity to ask questions, shake hands and get books signed. Beloved characters will also stop by throughout the Fair for meet and greets. Scheduled to appear are Amelia Bedelia, The Berenstain Bears, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Miss Spider. Check the Web site for character and author visits.
Parents will be provided with the opportunity to get involved with the L.A. Times’ reading program, resources from their local libraries and much more.
The magic of reading will come alive at 2006 L.A. County Fair – don’t miss the fun. The Fair runs Sept. 8 – Oct. 1, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information on fun for the entire family, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com.