Two Rivers Reading Council

Fall Newsletter

Happy Fall to Everyone!!

I hope this newsletter finds you all settled into the routine of a new school year. I am not sure if it is just me or if everyone else feels the same way, but time seems to be moving very quickly. When you receive this, it will be November already!! One of the highlights of the year so far has been my recent trip to the Illinois Reading Council. There were so many wonderful authors and speakers. It was a fantastic conference. It is one of those conferences that everyone educator who has a passion for reading needs to attend at least once!!!

Our next Two Rivers Event is our Family Reading Night Friday, November 3 at the Olivet Planetarium. There will be two shows, one at 5:30 and one at 7:00. Bring your family for a fun evening. In addition to the show, you will receive a goodie bag and a treat. Cost is $3. Watch your e-mail for upcoming events.

I’ll leave you with a poem (which I hope brings you a chuckle) from Kenn Nesbitt one of the author’s who spoke at the conference

The Tighty Whitey Spider

The tighty whitey spider went down the water slide.

Got a water wedgy halfway down the slide.

Jumped up and screamed and ran around in pain.

Now the tighty whitey spider won’t do that again!


President Two Rivers Reading Council

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Member Spotlight

My name is Christina Basham and I am proud to be a member of the Two Rivers Reading Council. I am currently a Title I Reading Specialist at Iroquois West Elementary Schools in Gilman and Danforth. I work with Kindergarten through 3rd grade students in the classroom and in a small group setting. When I am not teaching I am chauffeuring my 14 year old daughter Shelby to all of her events or driving to Champaign to visit my son Dakota a Freshmen at the U of I. Being a part of Two Rivers has been a great asset to my teaching and professional development, I love going to the annual conference and listening to the authors read. The Illinois Reading Council has also been very kind to me over the past ten years since I have been granted close to $7000 in grant money through their Literacy Grants (check them out on their webpage) most of the grant money has been used to help provide a wonderful Family Reading Night in our school district every year. If any of you feel a road trip in your future you are welcome to come down to Gilman on November 16th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and check out our program. I look forward to more fabulous events with Two Rivers and meeting more people who share a similar passion as I do with reading.
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What Is the Children’s Choices List? Each year, 12,500 school children from different regions of the United States read newly published children’s and young adults’ trade books and vote for the ones they like best. These Children’s Choices, selected from more than 800 titles, can be counted on as books children really enjoy reading. This list, a project cosponsored by the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC), is designed for use not only by teachers, librarians, administrators, and booksellers but also by parents, grandparents, caregivers, and everyone who wishes to encourage young people to read for pleasure.


Illinois Reading Council Newletter