Each spring, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh participates in Pennsylvania’s One Book, Every Young Child initiative, which highlights the importance of early literacy with fun activities inspired by one special book. Check out all the One Book, Every Young Child storytimes and events to join in the fun!
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of this initiative, authors of books selected during previous years will visit a variety of locations across the state of Pennsylvania throughout the month of April.
In 2010, Jane and Will Hillenbrand’s book What a Treasure! was the official selection for One Book, Every Young Child. In the story, we meet Mole, who digs a hole and uncovers treasures for his friends and a very special treasure for himself.
Will Hillenbrand recently visited the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh where he was keynote speaker for a Pennsylvania One Book Professional Development Day. At this special event, Will addressed an audience of librarians and early childhood educators about his playful illustrations and enjoyable stories.
After his address, Will shared a few books with a group of children at the Museum. Kids (and even some of the adults!) snored along with Bear as Mole tried to wake him up during Will’s reading of Spring is Here.
Will’s next stop was at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind. The School happily welcomed Will, who did an amazing job providing descriptive readings of his books. The children were so engaged by his dynamic presentation.
Will had a great time sharing his work in Pittsburgh. We hope to see him back soon. Be sure to celebrate this year’s One Book, Every Young Child selection by finding a special event at a library near you!
By Mary Beth – Children’s Services Coordinator