Seattle Monorail

What Was Your First Book? Read-A-Thon

May 17, 2012

On Saturday, May 19, 2012, First Book-Seattle and Elliott Bay Book Company will co-sponsor ‘What Was Your First Book?’, a Read-A-Thon of local community members, including Monorail driver, Craig Nelson, who will take turns reading aloud the very first children’s books they fell in love with. This event is free and open to the public!

The ultimate goal of the Read-A-Thon is to give six new books to every child in twenty Title 1 classrooms in King County. For $15, you can give six new books to one child. For $330, an entire classroom of 22 students will receive six new books. Each featured reader is raising pledge donations to help meet this goal.

Craig Nelson, a Seattle Center Monorail driver, will be reading The Little Red Hen, a Golden Book, by Diane Muldrow.

Craig has worked for Seattle Monorail Services for six years where he is currently a Monorail driver and operations supervisor. When asked why he selected The Little Red Hen as his reading choice, Craig replied, ‘It was a book of action and food, two things I have continued to enjoy over the years; I remember insisting on eating a piece of bread while my mother read it to us at night.’

Craig went on to explain, ‘Even though I was just a child, I found the simple message to be profound: hard work and responsibility win out over laziness and lead to reward at the end.’

Craig will be reading The Little Red Hen at 2:10 p.m. this Saturday (May 19, 2012) inside the downstairs reading room at Elliott Bay Book Company (in Capitol Hill on 10th Ave between Pike and Pine).

The Read-A-Thon takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features local community members such as Sherman Alexie reading The Snowy Day, Congressman Jim McDermott reading from The Black Tanker, several Seattle Police Officers and many more. For more information, please visit the event website.

To make a pledge donation, please visit the First Book-Seattle website.

About First Book:

First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. First Book distributes millions of free and low-cost books to disadvantaged children and the programs that serve them.