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Kids 2018 Reading Across RI Book Announced!

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez is this year’s Kids Reading Across Rhode Island (KRARI) book. Join the kickoff on May 19.

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The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez is this year’s Kids Reading Across Rhode Island (KRARI) book.

Kidoinfo.com is excited to be part of the super fun KRARI kick-off event at the State House from 2-4 pm on May 19. There will be a public presentation and book signing by the author, as well as activities and games presented by local libraries and community organizations. Each family in attendance will receive an autographed copy of the book while supplies last.

In it’s 9th year, KRARI seeks to encourage state-wide reading and community discussions among students in grades 4 through 6. KRARI begins in classrooms, school libraries, and public libraries with discussion groups centered on the selected book.

Programming continues in public libraries throughout the summer, expanding into summer reading programs that introduce new books and encourage continued reading beyond the assigned school curriculum. The First Rule of Punk’s focus on music and zine creation make it the perfect complement to the 2018 statewide Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock!”

The First Rule of Punk

The First Rule of Punk, a 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book and a 2018 Rhode Island Latino Books Month selection, is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching. The book includes black and white illustrations and collage art. Here is a description of the book:

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school–you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malu (Maria Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.

The real Malu loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malu finally begins to feel at home. She’ll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!

Author Celia C. Pérez

Originally from Miami, Florida, author Pérez lives in Chicago with her family and works as a community college librarian. She makes zines inspired by “punk and her love of writing.” Her favorite zine supplies are a long-arm stapler, glue sticks, and watercolor pencils. She still listens to punk music, and she’ll never stop picking cilantro out of her food at restaurants.

Books available for teachers and librarians

KRARI is a partnership of the Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. The Center was founded in 2003 as the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.

Sets of books are available to classroom teachers and library discussion groups by contacting kate@ribook.org. Further reading lists, book discussion guides, the author’s website, audio interviews and other supplementary material may be found on the websites listed above: Rhode Island Center for the Book and the Office of Library and Information Services.

Governor is KRARI Honorary Chair

“I’m thrilled to be the 2018 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island Honorary Chair,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. “This program brings together students and families from all over Rhode Island to engage with a book that not only has wide appeal, but also encourages important discussion. As we work towards our goal of doubling the number of 3rd graders reading at grade-level, I’m excited to see the impact of this statewide program.”

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island receives major funding from TD Bank, Ocean State Charities, The Andrade-Faxon Charities for Children, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.