Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam's "Read 20 Family Book Club" promotes the importance of family involvement when it comes to literacy.
Each month a book is picked as the featured "book of the month". Children and family of all ages are encouraged to read 20 minutes of the book each day together (or from any book of their choice).
"I am very excited to launch the Read 20 Family Book Club," Haslam said in a statement released to the media. "Families reading together build a foundation for strong relationships and academic success for our Tennessee students."
June's "Book of the Month" is Andrew Clement's Frindle.
"I think children and families will enjoy the imagination and creativity of the main character in Frindle," Haslam said in the media release. "It's an exciting narrative that I hope will create a great opportunity for families to spend quality time with books this summer."
As part of our promotional tour, Mrs. Haslam will visit many cities in Tennessee, and will even visit some of their hometown baseball fields to promote the book club. On June 13, she will visit the Tennessee Smokies and will pass out out copies of the Frindle to the first 200 kids to enter the stadium.
Mrs. Haslam plans to partner with various non-profit and business groups including First Book, a literacy organization who work to connect communities with book publishers to provide access to new books for children in need, to help deliver the Read20 Book Club books to Tennessee families across the state.
To learn more about the First Lady's Read20 Family Book Club, visit www.tn.gov/read20 or your local public library or follow on Twitter at @Read20TN.