Famous author Norton Juster (The Phantom Tollbooth) spoke with the women in Reader to Reader’s Athena Interactive Literacy Program. Juster talked about his writing process and the importance reading to children from the earliest age.
He also presented each student with a copy of his children’s book The Hello, Goodbye Window to share with their children.
The Athena Interactive Literacy Program is a week-long workshop that works with pregnant and parenting teens in order to build their reading and writing skills, and to explore healthy eating and cooking. The young mothers in the program currently attend The Care Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where they are working on getting their G.E.D.s so they can attend college.
Also on hand was noted literacy advocate Jim Trelease (The Read-Aloud Handbook) who spoke on the importance of parents in building early vocabulary and reading skills. “The parents are the most important professors a child will ever have,” he explained.