Ksenia and Dorian's KUED Kids Reading Marathon Kickoff Experience!

My kids, ages 7 and 4, adore PBS KIDS, and the library is an often-requested destination in our home. So participating in the November Reading Marathon Kickoff Party has become a well-loved tradition for our family that cannot be missed. 

There's nothing at the kickoff that they don't love (and how could there be?). Free books, photo op with a backdrop of all their favorite characters, and meeting some of their favorite characters in person are always some of the first things they are drawn to. Last year, I remember my son, who was 3 at the time, not wanting to leave the side of Cat from Peg + Cat. I think he went up to Cat close to ten times and to just stare and smile. I finally had to usher him elsewhere just to give Cat a break. 

They loved making microphones at the KUER booth. My favorite memory from last year was the opportunity to participate in an interview that was recorded by KUER personnel. My daughter interviewed her little brother, and the audio sent to me afterwards is priceless. I love hearing her questions and probes for more info from him, his adorable responses, and their sweet little voices preserved in audio. In fact, after this experience, my daughter decided to start her own "podcast" and interview and record her friends from school about their lives. I believe the experience at the kickoff gave her the confidence that she had important questions about the world and those around her.

The many science exploration opportunities at the kickoff were also favorite memories for the kids. They even recently reminisced about a rocket they had made there. There is so much excitement around learning and discovery at this event, it's contagious.  

Reading throughout the month gave us some great family time together which didn't end in November. Both kids want to read every day. The Adventure Pass is a fun reward for their hard work. They enjoyed having one printed out so they could see what places we were going to explore together. It really gave us opportunities to go new places as a family, some of what we didn't know existed in the community, and some of which we would not have been able to visit without the pass. I love that we could visit them during some of the coldest months when we'd typically be close to hibernation at home!

Thank you, KUED and PBS KIDS, for investing in our children and in our community!

Contributed by Kristen, mom to two PBS KIDS mega-fans

The 27th KUED Kids Reading Marathon Kickoff Party is Saturday, November 2 from 9am-1pm at The Salt Lake City Public Library. The whole family will enjoy this FREE event featuring fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and literacy activities celebrating reading. Meet Daniel Tiger, take a picture in the Sesame Street photo booth, pick up a reading log, and take home a free book.

The Reading Marathon encourages children to read 20 minutes each day during the month of November, then enter their minutes online to earn their Adventure Pass. Print your invitation to the party and learn more at kued.org/reading.

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