Your Community: Kansas Reads to Preschoolers

This November, Johnson County Library encourages you and your child to participate in Kansas Reads to Preschoolers. Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event that promotes reading to all Kansas children from birth through age five. Through the statewide program, parents, librarians and caregivers are encouraged to read the chosen title during a selected month. The program is sponsored by the State Library of Kansas, and the title is selected by State Librarian Eric Norris, along with the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers committee.

The title for 2021 is “Grumpy Bird,” by Jeremy Tankard. This picture book story will appeal to young readers, with a focus on the 2-5 years old age group. Jeremy Tankard is the author and illustrator of some very silly picture books including the bestselling Grumpy Bird series (“Grumpy Bird,” “Boo Hoo Bird,” “Hungry Bird” and “Sleepy Bird”) and “Me Hungry.” His current projects include a couple of graphic novels with HarperCollins (“Yorick and Bones,” cowritten with his teenage daughter, Hermione). He has also illustrated books for other authors: “Piggy Bunny” by Rachel Vail; “It’s a Tiger!” by David Larochelle; “Here Comes Destructorsaurus!” by Aaron Reynolds; and “Melvis and Elvis” by iconic Canadian writer Dennis Lee.