Bedtime and Books fills gym at John Allison

The event is called Bedtime and Books and is a fun way of encouraging youngsters to read.

Shelby Maynard and friend Caitlynn Pateman assist Leaders for Literacy outreach coordinator Dierra Maynard in acting out the story

Shelby Maynard and friend Caitlynn Pateman assist Leaders for Literacy outreach coordinator Dierra Maynard in acting out the story

A twice a year public event brings children and adults, many in their pyjama’s out to the gymnasium at John Allison Elementary School.

The event is called Bedtime and Books and is a fun way of encouraging youngsters to read.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19 the gymnasium of the school filled up with kids eager to choose a  book to read with family and friends and then to take home for their very own.

Books are supplied by the school and by the Princeton Leader’s for Literacy Program.

A snack consisting of cookies, fruit and hot chocolate or milk is provided as well for the hour long event.

Guest reader for the event is Princeton Leaders for Literacy outreach coordinator, Dierra Maynard. When Stella Was Very, Very Small is the first story Maynard reads aloud.

With assistance from her daughter Shelby, son Matt, their Mexican rescue dog Bella,  and friend Caitlynn Pateman, Maynard brings the story, Good Night Sam to life for the audience.

Shelby plays Sam, Caitlynn plays Stella, Bella  acts as Fred the dog who goes missing and Matt is the assistant who helps bring the show all together.

The stories read by Maynard throughout the event are from the Stella and Sam books by author Marie-Louise Gay. The series of books focuses on the stories of two young siblings, Stella and Sam, who are discovering their world.

Visit marielouisegay.com/stella-sam/ to learn more about this series.