The New Edition for 2018-2019
The Mission: Attract your school families to the school for an Evening Family Reading Event.
The Solution: A Very Magical Family Reading Night with Magical Storyteller and Reading Ambassador,
Wow! Do We Have Just The Right Program for You!
Highlights of The Evening
Mark shares his poignant story of developing a love for reading under the caring eye of a children's librarian, and what it all has meant!
Mark and Steggie the Stegosaurus share hilarious fun with Pete the Cat and The Bad Banana.
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen's heartwarming and funny book Extra Yarn comes lovingly and magically to life through a visual and musical retelling.
Not a Box by Antionette Portis arrives as a surprise and brings joyful surprise after surprise!
Plus, more great books, fun, inspiration and Kenny the Bunny stops by too!
Add in a strong family read aloud message and terrific music all combined for a fun and impactful Very Magical Family Reading Night! It's a home run for the success of your family night.
Literacy Nights, Book Fair Family Night, Family Fun Reading Nights, and Title 1 PAC Meetings can be great fun and important evenings for your families. Mark loves being invited to be a part of them with A Very Magical Family Reading Night. Actually, having participated in hundreds of these events here's some ideas he's seen that work well with the flow of the evening. You may want to draw from some of them for your event. You can keep it simple or turn it into a full blown reading festival, your choice.
Simple and lovely:
5:30 PM Folks start checking in
6:00 PM A Very Magical Family Reading Night presentation with Mark in concert begins, sometimes with a 10 minute PAC/PTO/PTA meeting up front. Visiting and autographs afterwards, and generally the Tittle 1 team has arranged for a free book for kids to take home.
Evening is complete by 7:30.
Deluxe and fantastic:
5:00 PM Families check in and have pizza or hot dogs (Pizza seems to be the #1 favorite), then fan out for any and all of these activities (Remember kids eat and are finished in about 15 minutes):
Make a Bookmark craft table/s (10 minutes)
Guest reader stations with kids rotating throughout the school. (Local popular sports and civic leaders are always a hit. This is best at a full blown literacy festival)
Book Swaps (Bring a book, take a book) 10 minutes
Free Book Distribution (at the beginning or end of evening) Kids pick from a table of selections separated by grade level) 10 minutes
Between 6:00 and 6:30 PM Gather the group for Mark's presentation: A Very Magical Family Reading Night (50 minutes)
Afterwards visiting and autographs. (10-15 minutes - This is a very meaningful time, by the way, visiting and talking with kids and their parents about the books they like or might enjoy)
The Evening is completed around 7:30-8:00 PM. It's a wonderful event for your families, just have lots of helpers to make everything run smoothly.
You can even add in the Book Fair for a huge festival like atmosphere.
A Family Reading Night can be a valuable, meaningful and impactful evening for kids and families. Sometimes in ways we can see, sometimes beyond what we will ever know.
I have seen the impact first hand. And it's a passion and a mission of mine to shine a positive light on reading and perhaps affect change in a good way, one reader at a time.
I know it's your goal as well. It's a noble aspiration!
About The Program
Mark is invited throughout the country to present this impactful evening.
A Very Magical Family Reading Night grew out of a desire to connect parents and their children with the notion that a good book shared is a treasure for the whole family. In the day to day hustle and bustle of our lives, it's so easy to put aside the good intentions of read aloud. Sports, homework and video games all vie for our attention today and our beloved books often get pushed aside for later.
The sweet, fun, and powerful message of Mark's program serves as a wonderful refocus and exclamation point for your families.
Throughout the school year Mark is invited to share his program during: Family Reading Night, PTA Meetings, Book Fair, Literacy Festivals, Family Enrichment Night, RIF and Title 1 night.
Whether as a part of a full day visit that boosts evening attendance through promotion at the daytime assemblies or as a stand alone event, A Very Magical Family Reading Night is a powerful message and fun event for your school.
A Family Affair
A Very Magical Family Reading Night Program is indeed appropriate for the whole family. During the course of the performance Mark uses the opportunity to extrol the virtues of at home read aloud with personal stories and anecdotes. Books come to life through puppetry, magic tricks, storytelling and audience participation. The program closes with a powerful, emotional and motivational finale that kids will think is cool and adults will find moving.
After the program Mark meets the kids and their folks, chatting, autographing, and finding out about their favorite reads.
It's time well spent!
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the material in the family night program differ from your daytime assembly?
Yes, and in conjunction with the daytime assembly, it's one of the great selling points for your students. Children want their parents to share in the incredible event that they've experienced during the day.
It helps make sure their folks bring them back that evening to see an all new program. There are some underlying themes that carry through from one program to the next, which empowers kids through familiarity.
How long is the performance?
When Mark is "in concert" presenting the full program it is a powerful approx. 50 minute presentation. The performance can be customized for a shorter time frame to fit your needs due to PTA/PTO meetings or the need for multiple performances. Just let us know your needs.
Can Mark come to our school just to present
The Family Night Program?
Certainly! While the ultimate way to build attendance for the evening program is by promoting it through the daytime performance, which many schools do, it stands alone fine. As a promotion helper, we can provide a descriptive flyer for duplication to send home with your students or post ot your website and blog.
What's the best way to use the program?
The Family Night Program is great to tie in with a PTA meeting, Family Reading Night, The Book Fair, Title 1 Family Night, RIF night, fundraising dinner, and even just for fun! Give us a call at 1-800-848-5634 and we'll help you plan.
A Note to Title 1 Teachers
Title 1 Reading Specialists frequently use Mark's Family Reading Night and READasaurus programs to bring fun and inspiration to their PAC/Family Meetings whether "in school" or as evening Family nights.