Author Visit

Floyd Stokes is the author of 13 books. He has been visiting schools, libraries, Head Start centers and other community locations to read to children for over ten years in all 50 states.

During the school visits, Mr. Stokes will read his books and sing songs. The length of the visit varies depending on the needs of the organization. The assemblies are good for students up to 5th grade. It is best but not necessary to split the students into two groups (Pre-K thru 2nd) and (3rd thru 5th). Not only is the smaller group more manageable but the reading materials and the presentation could be very different.

The visit provides an opportunity to encourage children to read and to discuss the process of writing and creating books. Order books by Floyd Stokes to introduce the students the books to help the visit go better.

Cost – The honorarium varies depending on the costs for travel, lodging, and related expenses.


What people are saying!


Thank you for visiting Little Lambs Preschool. It was an honor for you to be featured during our family night for the past 2 years now. Our families love hearing you read your books to them. The highlight this year was listening to your 2 daughters read and sing along to the books they helped create. The books are catchy, educational, and have beautiful illustrations as well. We read your books to our preschool children often and will continue to buy any new books you produce. We look forward to having you “Super Reader” and your family as part of our yearly Family Night programs for many years to come.

Thank you again,

Jennifer M.-Center Director



The students and staff at Tri-Community had a great time with Mr. Stokes! They loved interacting with the stories as he read them. The older students really enjoyed talking with him about being a writer and good writing practices. Thanks for a fun morning!

Angela Hocking-Reading Specialist



Each time I walk into a visiting author assembly, I think proactively, arranging my second grade students appropriately, so that each student can be a successful audience, in the event that the author visiting is only that, a wonderful author. Floyd Stokes is more than just a wonderful author. He is a motivator, an entertainer and a perfect role model with an excellent message…read! During his visiting author presentation at our school, I watched as he had every child engaged in his stories, had control of his audience, gave the students an opportunity to move and sing, and provided an important message, “Reading and writing stories is fun!” When Floyd visited my local library, I made sure my daughter and I did not miss it!

Thanks, Floyd! You’re so talented!

Carrie Budman-Teacher



Dear Mr. Strokes,

Just wanted to say that I greatly enjoyed your talk as guest speaker during Luzerne County Head Start’s all staff meeting on Friday. I absolutely loved “My Glasses”, “Popcorn” and “I Can Do It All By Myself”, and I purchased all three. I am looking forward to using them in my classroom. Thanks for taking some time to share your insight with our team.

Best,

Kate B.-Luzerne County Head Start



It’s a great program for promoting reading for children of all ages.
The children look forward to Floyd’s visits.

Gail S – Director of Fort Loudon Community Library, Fort Loudon, PA



I thoroughly enjoyed your program. I deeply value your mission to promote Literacy and programs that will encourage our children to love learning. Thank you for all the hard work you put into your organization and into SuperReader.

Rondia B. Children’s Librarian Downtown Library, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma



1. EXCELLENT’!!!!!!!!!!
2. Best author since the four year I have been here.
3. Excellent! Students very involved and interested.
4. Great! Simplistic-kids were engaged and he knew how to keep pulling them in!
5. Entertaining and motivating.
6. Good role-modeling for our young readers. PLEASE bring him back and consider him as a motivational speaker for our parents!

Comments above are from various teachers at Sara Lindermuth Elementary School in Susquehanna School District



There are few presenters that are able to get the audience as involved and excited about reading as Super Reader. I have seen him on many different occasions and he never disappoints.

Mrs. Kim G. – School Counselor, Fink Elementary School, Middletown School District



We LOVED having you. You are so personable and dynamic the kids loved you. Their teachers told me they were talking all afternoon that they had never met a real author before. Thank you for giving them this opportunity.

Kim Zsitek-Brannan RN MSN CRNP – School Nurse, Mosser Elementary School, Allentown School District



Things To HELP THE VISIT GO SMOOTHLY


· Visit my website to introduce the students to me and my books.

· Have the librarian and/or teachers read my books to the students

· Have students think of questions to ask.

· Throw a contest and have the winners receive autographed books.

· Ask the local newspapers to cover the visit. If they don’t, you can take pictures and submit them to the paper.

· Let the students know that you are excited about the visit, they will be also.

For additional information and availability, please email superreaders@aol.com.


ALC 2011 10th Annual Library Tour

My Glasses Book Signing & Reading

Title: My Glasses Book Signing & Reading
Location: Broad Street Market
Link out: Click here
Description:
ALC invites you to join us at a free fun family event. Come and meet author Floyd Stokes for a reading and signing of his new children’s book “My Glasses”

Events of the day include arts and crafts activities, a “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae” bar, and other free food samples.

Also don’t forget to register for your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Dutch Wonderland

Start Time: 11:00am
Date: 2011-30-04
End Time: 12:00pm

Welcome to the American Literacy Corporation

A Brief Description of the Organization


The American Literacy Corporation (ALC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The purpose of the ALC is to design and implement supplemental literacy programs that will promote the importance of learning to elementary school students grades K-5. Since the inception of the SuperReader Program in January 2001, SuperReader has performed for over 85,000 children.


The mission of the ALC is to support new and on-going literacy efforts by working with head start programs, schools, daycare centers, libraries, churches, community-based organizations, and other institutions with programs targeting educational enhancement and development for elementary-age (K-5) students.


The need for the American Literacy Corporation according to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 4 in 10 American fourth graders are unable to read at the basic level needed for school success. Studies also show that one of the fastest growing industries in the United States is the prison system. Our youth are becoming a part of the Juvenile Delinquent system at alarming rates and younger ages. Since 1985, particularly in Dauphin County, juvenile crimes have more than doubled. The numbers are staggering and it appears that there is no immediate relief insight.


The ALC works with all children to include those living in communities that are ravaged by poverty, drugs and crime and those in overcrowded school districts. Still others, while not lacking financial resources, are in need of innovative educational tools.

Each year a growing number of children and adults suffer from illiteracy. The ALC has been established to combat illiteracy at an early age by working with elementary-aged students. It has been proven that with early intervention the rate of reading failure in the early grades can be reduced to less than 10% as stated by the National Institute of Child Health and Development.


Studies show that reading aloud to young children helps build language skills critical for later reading success (Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children, National Research Council, 1998). Children who are read to regularly for several months make great strides in reading comprehension and vocabulary skills (the Power of Reading: Insights from Research, Stephen Krahen, 1993).

Parent Workshop

How To Promote Reading In The Home



The Parent Workshop gives parents tools to effectively work with their children and to develop literacy skills needed for school success.

The workshop is approximately an hour and a half in length. Parents and child are encouraged to attend the workshop together, depending on the child’s maturity level. Different techniques are utilized to encourage parents and their child to spend time together. Some of the activities include: Letter Swap, Alphabet picture book, Sound Clapping and the Color of Sound. Parents will also be given tips on how to read aloud to their child and how to use the library as a way to support their child’s reading development.

We want to eliminate illiteracy by concentrating on the very young. I hope that you will join us in this effort as we strive to give children enriching and stimulating experiences to nurture their growth, development and learning.

We are excited about this wonderful new venture and look forward to discussing ways of working together. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions.

Reading Tips

Sharing books with children is a wonderful experience, whether you are a parent, a teacher, or a volunteer. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you read:


Plan to read for about 20 minutes. Young children can have short attention spans.

Look over the book before you read it. If you are familiar with the story, you will read it better. If you are familiar with the illustrations, you will be able to point out interesting or humorous things.

Make sure everyone is comfortable. Sit close enough so everyone is able to see and hear what you are reading.

Start with the cover. Read the title and the author’s name. Talk about the cover and answer questions before you begin reading.

Read with feeling. Read slowly and change your voice for different characters. The more expressive you are, the more you will hold the children’s attention.

Reading is not a race! Take your time reading, point to interesting pictures in the book, and give the children time to explore the book with you.

Let the children join in. If the story lends itself to sing-a-longs or chants, encourage the children to participate as you read.

Adapt the story to the needs of your audience. It’s okay to leave out words or tell the story in your own words if the story seems too long.

Finish the story. Children like a sense of completion. If the book is too long to finish in one sitting, pick a logical point to stop and finish it during your next read-aloud time.

Make the story meaningful to your audience. Help the children relate to the story and characters by connecting them to something in their own lives.


A child’s book is something special, uniquely rewarding, and pleasurable. It is never too soon to introduce children to books. Here are some basic points about specific age groups to keep in mind when you are choosing a child’s book:


Why You Should Share Books



Helps create a special bond between parents and children.

Introduces children to art through the illustrations.

Enhances children’s listening skills.

Introduces children to a wide variety of experiences.

Helps prepare children for learning to read.

Improves and enriches the quality of children’s lives.

Provides fun and enjoyment for children and adults.


When To Share Books



Begin when your child is born.

Set aside a special time each day, such as nap time, bedtime, or after meals.

Share books when you and your child are in a relaxed mood.

Limit time if your child becomes fussy or restless.

Take advantage of “waiting” times to share books on trips, at the doctor’s office, in line at the grocery store.

Soothe a child who is sick or cranky.


How To Share Books



Find a comfortable place to sit (a rocking chair is wonderful).

Recite or sing rhymes from your favorite books.

Turn off other distractions such as television, radio, or stereo.

Hold the book so your child can see the pages clearly.

Involve your child by having him or her point out objects, talk about the pictures, or repeat common words.

Read with expression.

Vary the pace of your reading between slow and fast.

Find other titles by the authors and illustrators of your child’s favorite books.

Have your child select books to read.

Reread your child’s favorite books whenever asked.


How To Use The Library



Encourage kids to explore the public library and remember that children and teens are naturally attracted to materials intended for them. They are generally not attracted to materials that are too advanced for their reading or maturity levels.


Provide clear guidelines for children. Let them know if there are subjects or areas that you prefer to be off limits and explain why.


Introduce children to the library and encourage them to seek guidance. The American Library Association and many local libraries publish helpful lists of award-winning children’s books and other guides to good reading for all ages.


Familiarize yourself with the library materials children bring home with them. Review all reading lists sent home by classroom teachers and help your child find some of the listed books at the library.


Talk with children about what they are reading. This will give you insight into their special interests and concerns.


Learn more about how to evaluate children’s books. Most libraries provide books and brochures with guidelines about what is appropriate and appealing at various ages.


Remember, the library is a public place. Adults should accompany young children to the library.


And Remember…




Be enthusiastic about books.

Be an example for your child by letting her or him see you read books.

Keep a wide selection of reading materials at home.

Be aware of your child’s reading interests.

Give books as presents.

Begin to build a child’s home library.

Get to know the children’s librarian at your local public library.

Use your local library regularly and register your child for a library card.

500 Men Reading Week

500 Men Reading 2015

 

January 12, 2016

Attention Men:

The 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration with Ron Claiborne

The American Literacy Corporation (ALC) announces The 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration with Ron Claiborne of ABC Good Morning America and Michael Young of PinnacleHealth as chairman.  The program is held February 29 thru March 5 in school districts and libraries in central PA.  The purpose of the 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration is to provide an opportunity for men to read to elementary students and share with middle and high school students about career paths.  Ron Claiborne will participate on Tuesday, March 1st in the Harrisburg School District.

New this year – We are partnering with John Harris High School to send men from various professions to the school to share with the students about career paths. 

Please use the links below to sign up for either the reading at elementary and Middle Schools or the Career Exploration at John Harris High School.  This program can only work with your help.  Please sign up today!

The ALC has coordinated the program since November of 2008.  Last year, approximately 503 men signed up to read. The program continues to draw men from diverse backgrounds.  The majority of the men participate year after year while inviting others to participate.  The program has become an effective way for men, in the school and library setting, to encourage children to read and be positive role models.

The 500 Men Reading Week and Career Exploration is a program of The ALC which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  The mission of the ALC is to partner with community-based organizations, and other institutions with programs targeting educational enhancement and development for elementary-aged students.  Since January 2001, the ALC has partnered with various organizations to encourage over 185,000 children to read.

Thank you for investing in our children and community.  If you have any questions, please contact me at (717) 580-5429 or for the Career Exploration Leland Nelson at (717) 554-0586.

Sincerely,

 

Floyd Stokes                         Mike Young                          Ron Claiborne

Executive Director               CEO, PinnacleHealth         Reporter and Anchor, GMA

 

 

 

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Ron Claiborne is the news anchor for ABC News’ weekend edition of “Good Morning America.”

Claiborne joined ABC News in 1986. In addition to his news anchor duties, he is a general assignment correspondent based in New York, reporting for “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Good Morning America.” Claiborne has previously worked in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Boston bureaus of ABC News. He has also covered international stories in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, China, South America, Africa and Europe.

In 2007 and 2008, Claiborne covered the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain. He has also covered such stories as the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in 2002 and 2003, the Elian Gonzalez custody case in Miami in 1999 to 2000, the Yugoslavia conflict in Belgrade in 1999, the 2000 Bush presidential campaign, the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign and the 1991 Persian Gulf War. During the 2003 Iraq War, he reported from the Persian Gulf region and was “embedded” on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

Claiborne was part of the ABC News team that won a 2000 Emmy Award for coverage of the seizure of Elian Gonzalez in Miami. In 2003, he was an Ochberg Fellow with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, affiliated with the University of Washington.

Prior to joining ABC News, he was a general assignment correspondent for WNYW-TV, New York from 1982 to 1986. He was a reporter for the New York Daily News from 1980 to 1982 and a reporter and national editor for United Press International in New York, from 1977 until 1980.

Claiborne earned an MS in journalism in 1975 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He received a BA in psychology from Yale University in 1974. He is a native of San Francisco, Calif., and grew up in Oakland, Calif., and Los Angeles.

 

Click Here to Register for the 500 Men Reading Week

 

ALC In The Media

ABC-27 News Spotlight Featuring Floyd Stokes

James Patterson Page Turner Award:
Press Release


New York, NY, May 12, 2008: James Patterson announced today that Floyd Stokes, National Educator in Harrisburg, PA is one of eleven individuals nationwide who received the 3rd annual James Patterson Page Turner Award. There were also 23 organizations recognized in the U. S. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $250,000. Among them are libraries, schools, bookstores, and innovative individuals and organizations that go to extraordinary lengths to spread the FUN of books and reading across the country.


Floyd Stokes is the founder and Executive Director of the American Literacy Corporation (ALC), which is a non-profit organization that promotes the importance of reading to elementary-age students up to 5th grade. SuperReader is one of programs of the ALC. Since 2001, SuperReader has performed for over 70,000 children in Arkansas, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, D. C. He has also performed several times at halftime at the Philadelphia 76ers game.


Mr. Stokes has received numerous awards for his service to the community to include his former high school, John F. Kennedy High School in Mound Bayou, MS renaming the library The Floyd “SuperReader” Stokes Library on September 2, 2007. “I am honored that James Patterson selected me for promoting literacy. I have been a fan of his for a long time. It was such a pleasant surprise,” says Stokes. “I am thankful to my family, board members, volunteers, sponsors, and the community for their support over the years but there is much work to be done. We must continue to work to prepare our children for the rough road ahead.” In 2007, Mr. Stokes released his first children’s book, “Teddy, The Hungry Little Bear”. To purchase a copy or for more information, please visit: www.superreaders.org .


With recent reports showing a decline in reading among adults and teens, and federal budget cuts reducing book distribution, the promotion of books and reading is more important than ever. James Patterson’s true passion has always been to get people of all ages excited about books and reading, and for years he has proudly supported people and organizations who dedicate themselves to keeping the fun and excitement of books and reading alive.


Patterson says: “This year’s winners are doing great work and at a time when getting people excited about reading and books is especially important. I’m thrilled to help them do what they do so well.” The winners truly embody the spirit and energy of the Page Turner Awards — to spread the excitement of books and reading as far and wide as is humanly possible. And for that, we salute them all!


For more information about the 2007 winners, please visit: www.pattersonpageturner.org
Or contact Michelle Aielli at 212-364-1223, michelle.aielli@hbgusa.com