Readers can do anything--that's the not-so-subtle but charmingly presented message of Born to Read, the latest collaboration between children's author Judy Sierra and artist Marc Brown (creator of the popular Arthur book and TV series). In 2004, the two joined forces for Wild About Books, a Seuss-like romp in which the bookmobile hits the local zoo. The book was an instant hit with critics, librarians and, amazingly enough, kids. In their latest pro-reading broadside, Sam is a kid with his nose constantly buried in a book--most of them titles parents will wistfully recall from their own childhoods--who becomes, as opposed to a nearsighted nerd, a superhero who saves the whole town. With books fighting a losing battle against the internet and Wii, this shot of reading silliness may be just what our nation's children need.
Mon., Sept. 22, 4 p.m., 2008