A Snuggle and Read was held Friday, January 20, 2017 for Hinton Area Elementary Pre-K at the Summers Memorial Building. Snuggle and Read is a program through WV Read Aloud Mary Kay Bond, Executive Director of Read Aloud WV attended the event and spoke to the parents and teachers about the importance of motivating children to want to read as well as making reading fun and part of their daily routine. Mary Kay read aloud We Are In A Book! By Mo Willems and entertained all who listened.

Each participant received three brand new books of their choice as well as a brand new fleece blanket. The children and parents worked on the blankets together and were encouraged to snuggle up with their blanket and enjoy their new book together. The hope is that after the children return home that they’ll associate their new blanket with reading and it will continue to be an enjoyable habit.

It’s so exciting to watch the children’s faces as they’re picking out their new book but even more rewarding is when they run to their parents and ask them to read the new book, Stacy Ford, Summers County Read Aloud Chapter Coordinator.

This Snuggle and Read program was sponsored by the Hinton Area Foundation, WV State University, WV Read Aloud, Yummy Bag, Summers County Library and Bluestone Quilters. The Summers County Read Aloud chapter would like to thank the members of the Bluestone Quilters for donating their time to help prepare the fleece blankets.

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