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April 28, 2014

Telling her story: Children’s author to promote reading

JOHNSTOWN — A noted children’s book author and illustrator will be making a stop in Johnstown to promote reading.

As part of the One Book, Every Young Child initiative, the Cambria County Library will host Susan Stockdale at 2 p.m. May 7 in the library’s community room, where she’ll be discussing her book “Stripes of All Types.”

“Stripes of All Types” is this year’s book selection for One Book, Every Young Child, Pennsylvania’s ninth annual collaborative project using the vehicle of a One Book, One State program to highlight the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3 through 6 years.

“We had to put in an application to bring in the author and we usually get one every few years, so we’re lucky to have her coming in,” said Rebecca Pollino, the library’s youth services coordinator.

Published in 2013 by Peachtree Publishers, “Stripes of All Types” explores how animals around the world benefit from their stripes. Each striped creature is described in action in its natural habitat. Engaging rhymes and bright, bold images keep readers entertained while a glossary at the back provides information on each featured animal. A matching game at the end of the book tests children’s knowledge of animal stripes.

As part of her visit, Stockdale will read her book, do some drawlings for the children in attendance and talk about how she comes up with the ideas for her books.

“It will not only appeal to the little ones but to the adults as well,” Pollino said.

In addition, families will have an opportunity to learn more about the One Book, Every Young Child initiative and explore what the library has to offer.

“Our goal is to make parents aware on the importance of reading to children as soon as possible,” Pollino said.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the One Book, Every Young Child initiative, visit

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at

Literacy initiative

What: Noted children’s book author and illustrator Susan Stockdale to read her book “Stripes of All Types” at the Cambria County Library as part of the One Book, Every Young Child early literacy initiative.

When: 2 p.m. May 7 at the library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

More information: 536-5131.

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