Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, the ‘one book, one state’ initiative for students in grades 3-6, kicks off its 6th year with the 2014 Newbery Award winning book, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo. A May 9th kickoff event with DiCamillo at the State House includes a public program, activities and games presented by Rhode Island libraries. Every family in attendance receives a copy of the book (while supplies last). 92 ProFm’s, Kim Zandy, Giovanni and Kim in the Morning, is the 2015 Chair of Kids Reading Across Rhode Island.
About This Year’s Book
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures is a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format—a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by artist K. G. Campbell. It was a 2014 Newbery Award Winner, a 2013 Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner, a New York Times bestseller, and was chosen by Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Common Sense Media as a Best Book of the Year.
About the Author
DiCamillo is already well known and beloved for her many other books, including Because of Winn Dixie, The Tale of Despereaux, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Kids Reading Across Rhode Island has a special opportunity for outreach this year, because DiCamillo is the 2014-2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She will visit Rhode Island to speak at the Kick-Off Event and at a special RI PBS Inside the Authors Studio event for librarians, teachers, and children’s book enthusiasts. Sponsored by The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader, the National Ambassador position was created to raise awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education, and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.
About Kids About Reading Across Rhode Island
Kids Reading Across Rhode Island is a partnership between the RI Office of Library and Information Services and the RI Center for the Book, made possible through a vibrant collaboration of librarians, teachers, and student readers from across the state. The State House event serves as a kickoff for the annual statewide summer reading program, which has a 2015 theme of “Every Hero Has a Story.” All summer, public libraries statewide will offer free programs inspired by Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure.
A partnership between the RI Office of Library and Information Services and the RI Center for the Book, Kids Reading Across Rhode Island receives major funding from TD Bank and TD Charitable Foundation.
Sets of books are available for loan to classroom teachers, library discussion groups and senior centers by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Further reading lists, book discussion guides, the author’s website, audio interviews and other supplementary material may be found on the Rhode Island Center for the Book.
Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is a statewide organization devoted to promoting personal and community enrichment by celebrating the art and heritage of reading, writing, making, and sharing books. Founded in 2003, the RI Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and is hosted by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The Humanities Council’s mission is to seed, support, and strengthen public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. The RI Center for the Book promotes a love for books among people of all ages and backgrounds across Rhode Island.