By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- One of the best ways to encourage reading is to provide the potential readers with an engaging story and putting it right in their hands.
Vero Beach Book Center in Vero Beach is looking for a partner to purchase and donate books to elementary school students for an upcoming author meet and greet.
Award-winning author Jon Scieszka will visit one, possibly two Indian River County schools on Aug. 28, to meet students and talk about his new book release, "Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor."
"Jon Sciezska has been around for a while as an author and his books are targeted to reach reluctant readers," said Cynthia Callander, director of marketing and publicity.
"We have booked the whole day with him and he has an interactive presentation planned. I think it's going to be a memorable thing for the children and if we could give children his books that would add value," she said.
The Brooklyn-based author combines adventure, humor, science and science-fiction in this new series for third, fourth and fifth graders.
The main character, Frank Einstein creates contraptions from household objects, including two robots, Klink and Klank. After a lightning storm, the robots come to life and act as Frank's lab partners in his next experiment, the antimatter motor, until they are stolen by Frank's arch-nemesis, T. Edison, a press release said.
"Jon is a creative genius and he has done some really creative things in his previous books," Ms. Callander said.
The book incorporates a lot of the elements that are introduced to third- through fifth-grade students in their science curriculum, and because the book itself is literature, it even had cross-curriculum potential, she said.
"I'm essentially seeking a third-party to partner with us to make these books available; it can be a business partner and we would design a bookplate with their name on it as the donor, or it could be an anonymous donor. We could arrange to have the partner onsite and involved in the event in a fun way if they wanted," Ms. Callander said.
The Vero Beach Book Center would collaborate with the community partner and offer the books at a reduced cost.
"In this case, the book is $14, so basically with the discount we can offer it would come out to a $10 investment per book," Ms. Callander said.
Not only is Ms. Callander looking to find a third-party book donor for this author event, but she sees this as laying the groundwork for this to be possible for future author events in schools.
"I would love to have a whole list of people or businesses who want to be involved and I could call them and say, you're up next," Ms. Callander said.
To contact Ms. Callander, call (772) 569-1153. For more information about the Vero Beach Book Center, visit www.verobeachbookcenter.com.