Children’s books unveiled at Burpee Aug. 13

Sunday, Aug. 13, the Burpee Museum of Natural History and the Rockford Early Learning Project team to present “Reading is Dino-mite!”

The Rockford Early Learning Project, a federally funded early literacy grant, recently completed development of two books about Rockford, written by local authors. The two books are Finding Jane, by Char Remer and Frank Fiorello, and I Love Rockford, by Saul Serna.

Books are available only to 3- and 4-year-old children living in Rockford School District 205 as part of a backpack/book giveaway effort to increase the number of high-quality books in the homes of young children and encourage families to read every day with their children.

This free family event will be Sunday, Aug. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Burpee Museum. Activities will include music, literacy crafts, storytelling, snacks and author book readings and autograph signings. Literacy backpacks and Rockford books will be distributed to families eligible for the program.

These remarkable books bring delight as children recognize their town on every page. As one young 4-year-old boy said when he received his copy of I Love Rockford, “Hey, guess what? I really DO love Rockford!”

Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., is home of Jane, Rockford’s celebrity dinosaur.

Museum hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-17. Free parking is available at Burpee Museum at 737 N. Main St., or in the Riverfront Museum Park parking lot directly next door at 711 N. Main St. For more info, phone 965-3433 or log on to

From the Aug. 9-15, 2006, issue

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