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Prime Time Reading Night brings Mother Bruce author to Mallett School

FARMINGTON - I have known since I read his first adventure in 2015 that Pajama Night needed Mother Bruce. It must be. It was destined to be. And in 2019 it was!

Mallett School’s Prime Time Reading, aka Pajama Night, is still, for thirteen years running now, my favorite event of the year. How could it not be? After all it has some of the best ingredients an event could have: a shared love of reading, widespread community support and partnerships, great authors, a great crowd, amazing decorations, and pajamas.

Here’s how it works: The Mallett community comes back to school at 6:00 in the evening – parents, kids, teachers, librarian, principal, all dressed in pajamas for an evening of read-alouds. I produce a children’s book author. The evening starts with that author reading his book to the assembled throng in the gymnasium, which has been lavishly decorated around the book’s theme. Afterwards, families can either go listen to one of five different community readers in five different classrooms, read together in the gym, or purchase a book and have the guest author sign it. The evening ends with the author reading a second book to the whole audience and then concludes with goodnights and more book signing.

When beloved Mother Burce author Ryan Higgins arrived he was greeted thus.

The decorations for Pajama night are always stellar. This year Mallett School librarian Arika Galkowski outdid herself.

I Know what you are thinking. 'That's awesome but did Arika make a working goose catapult for the event?'

Of course she did! Soon it was time for instructions and Mallett's wonderful principle Tracy Williams kicked thing off.

The kids were crazy excited to hear from the creator of Mother Bruce. Was there any crowd control?

Next we were treated to the newest Mother Bruce, Bruce's Big Storm.

Then it was time for some book signing. Ryan took the time to draw Bruce for each young bear lover. And there were many!

Then everyone came back into the Gym for the popular Higgins book We Don't Eat our Classmates but first it was time for a prize drawing to see who won a gift certificate to the bookstore.

After that it was time to go back outside and sign more books. Ryan stayed a whole extra hour until the last book was signed.

It was another great Prime Time Reading year thanks to Ryan, The Mallett community, especially Arika and Tracy, and lots of folks from Ryan's publisher especially Derek from Hachette, and Christine from Disney. Thanks everyone!

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  1. A very key person is seen in some pics - though not mentioned here ---> Kenny Brechner! What would we so without Kenny's dedication to Children's Literature, keen eye and connections to amazing authors and illustrators? We would have a very different Prime Time Reading night.

    Thanks, Kenny, for all you do for Mallett School and other district literacy initiatives! Ryan was amazing, the evening was great, and your work and Arika Galkowski's brought it together!

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