More than 1.000 third graders meet the illustrator for One Book Festival

As part of the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading Initiative, United Way of the Black Hills partnered with the South Dakota Humanities Council to distribute books for the Third Annual Young Readers One Book Festival and to get the students who are now third graders pumped up.

Danita Simons, Community Impact Director of BH United Way, says
"We wanted the kids to get excited about the book ... know about the book so when they come to Central today to meet the author illustrator, that they know all about the book. We want kids to have a prosperous future and we want them to value education and love reading because let's face it, you're learning to read to read to learn. "

The chosen book for this year is "Adventures on Deckawood Drive" by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen who was at Central today to talk about the work.

Chris Van Dusen, illustrator, says "The third graders, they sat really patiently, they had excellent questions and I think they had a good time, I had a good time and these are books based on our earlier series that we worked on together that Kate wrote called Merry Watson books.

Meeting the illustrator is just one of the many activities at the festival, which will continue throughout the weekend