Students celebrate reading at Children’s Book Festival

Posted at 9:39 PM, Jan 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-15 00:30:00-05

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah - The Tooele County School District hosted its fourth annual Children's Book Festival on Saturday.

Children from across the county gathered to celebrate learning and reading.

"We want them to see the importance of being a lifelong learner all the way from being a child to an adult, the importance of reading and how being a good reader that will help them in the future," educator April Sunshine Robinson said.

The event included visits from children's authors, reading, theater productions and other activities.

"One of my favorite things about writing is interacting with young readers. It means a ton when a little kid comes up and says, 'Hey, I love reading your books. It meant a lot I like to imagine your stories are happening at my school,'" said author Tyler Whitesides.

Most of the activities at the festival were created to help children focus on the importance of writing and reaching for a book instead of the remote.

"The goal is just to increase an awareness on literacy in Tooele County. We really want our community to come together, we want parents to get involved in their children's reading," Robinson said.

Organizers of the event say it was a success and they're already looking forward to next year.