ReadMobile tour stops at Battle Grove
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 11:16

Young students get books, visit from Dr. Cleo

by Ben Boehl

    The We Give Books ReadMobile Tour kicked off a national reading celebration at Battle Grove Elementary School on Monday. The North Point Village school was the only school in the Baltimore area to get a visit from the organization.
    According to the company website, the “We Give Books” brand was created by the Penguin Group publishing company and the Pearson Foundation as a way to give out free books to young children.
    Tyler Reynolds-Rothstein is from San Francisco and travels all over the country to get kids in preschool, prekindergarten and kindergarten motivated to read. Reynolds-Rothstein was at Battle Grove on Monday and was scheduled to travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday. His week will end with trips to schools in New Jersey and Connecticut.
    “We are giving out books to 3- to 6-year-olds,” Reynolds-Rothstein said. “We are promoting reading at a young age, and hopefully this will start getting kids interested in reading.”
  

While Baltimore County students are used to seeing “Sneaks the Cat” with the Baltimore County Public Library, the We Give Books group has “Dr. Cleo” as a mascot. Dr. Cleo greeted students at Battle Grove as they received their books.
    “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” was a book that was sent to the teachers.
    Heather Imirie, reading specialist at the school, said the program helps give young students a good start to reading.
    “This gives our children their own books to take home, which is important,” Imirie said. “Then they can go online and read whenever they want.”
    She is referring to the digital library where free children’s books are available for teachers and families at www.wegivebooks.com.