First lady's May book selection
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'D.W.'s Guide to Perfect Manners'
[MAY 6, 2006]
GLENVIEW -- First lady Patricia Blagojevich
joined Marc Brown, author of the acclaimed children's book and public television
series "Arthur," to announce Brown's new book, "D.W's Guide to Perfect Manners"
as the May selection for her Children's Reading Club literacy initiative. On
Wednesday, the first lady and Marc Brown read excerpts from his new book and
discussed the importance of manners with over 200 students at the Avoca West
Elementary School in Glenview.
"I am very excited to announce the May book selection for the
Children's Reading Club with the author of the book himself, Marc
Brown," said Mrs. Blagojevich. "‘D.W.'s Guide to Perfect Manners' is
a wonderful book for parents to read with their children so they can
learn together how to be polite and courteous of others. Reading is
a great way for parents to bond with their children, and I encourage
all parents to make time to read with their children as often as
In "D.W.'s Guide to Perfect Manners", D.W., Arthur's
little sister, helps young readers learn good manners at home and at
school, from the dos and don'ts of eating and etiquette to earning
A's for good behavior. D.W. demonstrates cleanliness, orderliness
and good manners throughout the story. A self-test is available at
the end of the book for the reader to complete.
"As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Arthur, it is an
especially great honor to have Patricia Blagojevich select ‘D.W.'s
Guide to Perfect Manners' as part of the first lady's reading club,"
said Marc Brown. "I look forward to meeting and talking with the
children of Illinois about the importance of being considerate of
The Children's Reading Club is a recommended reading list made up
of books the first lady and her daughters enjoy at home. The first
lady launched this literacy initiative program in February of 2005
and has selected books such as "The Secret Garden," "Charlotte's
Web," "Harriet the Spy" and "Maniac Magee" for the recommended list.
Each month's book selection is featured on the first lady's website,
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Mrs. Blagojevich began the Children's Reading Club to encourage
parents to read with their children and hopes the recommended list
will enable parents to find books the whole family can enjoy. The
Children's Reading Club applies to all children but specifically
targets children between the ages of 7 and 12.
As first lady, Patricia Blagojevich has worked tirelessly to
promote initiatives that help Illinois families bring up happy,
healthy and successful children. In addition to her work with
children's literacy, the first lady spearheaded the Illinois
Pediatric Vision Awareness Initiative, the first state-sponsored
campaign in the U.S. to specifically target amblyopia, or "lazy
eye," in children. She has also brought attention to Healthy
Families Illinois, a program that helps prevent child abuse by
supporting high-risk parents. In addition, she has promoted the
Prevention Development Resource Project, a partnership between the
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Prevent
Child Abuse Illinois, and the governor's landmark All Kids plan,
which makes Illinois the only state in the nation to provide
affordable, comprehensive health insurance for every uninsured child
in the state.
[News release from the governor's office]