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In 2008, only 38% of Los Angeles fifth-graders scored high enough on California’s English language arts tests to qualify as ready to enter sixth grade.

The Wonder of Reading seeks to change that dismal statistic. Over 130,000 elementary-age youngsters throughout Greater Los Angeles attend our 206 partner schools. Each school has a beautifully renovated library, restocked with $10,000 of new books. More than 5,000 volunteers have been trained as literacy mentors for struggling students at these schools.

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Explore-A-Story Event

The Wonder of Reading’s Explore-A-Story: A Celebration of Books is a unique and fun-filled event for families of elementary school children in Greater Los Angeles, hosting up to 1,000 guests. The event celebrates The Wonder of Reading’s purpose: to inspire in children the love of reading. It is an incredible day of readings by children’s book authors and illustrators, celebrity readers, performances, arts-and-crafts, movies, and a book fair with book signings . . . all inspired by great children’s literature.

2009 Explore-A-Story guests and performers included:

Celebrity readers:
Shia LaBeouf (Transformers, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
Jesse McCartney (Singer/Songwriter)
Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle, Raising the Bar)
Madison Pettis (Disney's Cory in the House, The Game Plan)
Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly, Drake and Josh, School of Rock)
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Readings and book signings by authors:
Joan Bransfield Graham (Splish Splash)
Elisa Kleven (The Paper Princess)
George McClements (The Night of the Veggie Monster)
Hope Anita Smith (The Way a Door Closes)
Ann Whitford Paul (If Animals Kissed Good Night)

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of WireImage's photos of the 2009 event!

This event would not have been possible without our generous in-kind donors:
ArcLight Cinemas, Pacific Theatres, Paramount Pictures, California Pizza Kitchen, Nicholas Weinstock, and many others. We also thank our wonderful event readers, who all donated their time.

We are grateful to our 2009 sponsors for their generous support:

Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams

Paramount Pictures

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Jordan & Lisa Bender
Deluxe Entertainment
Services Group Inc.
Ashley Kraines & Adam Kassan
Michael & Ronnie Kassan
Christina Liao & John Lesher
Northrop Grumman
United Talent Agency

Leslie & Paul Aronzon
Lili & Jon Bosse
Haltrecht Family

Jim & Jenny Belushi
Rory Bruer
Carol Burnett
California Pizza Kitchen
Jim Carrey
Rick Caruso
Judy Cascapera
Wendy Chang
Leonardo DiCaprio
Dan Fellman
Jack Foley
Honorable Eric Garcetti
Honorable Mónica García
Sharon Hearn
Honorable José Huizar
Michael & Ronnie Kassan
Sharon Lawrence
Councilmember Tom LaBonge
Edward James Olmos
Mary Pope Osborne
Emily Procter
David Shannon
Bruce Snyder
Ben Stiller
Jim Tharp
Chuck Viane
Honorable Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa


For more information about this and other Wonder of Reading events please contact Kim at: 323-634-7103,

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