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| How Does it Work and When? | Who Makes it Possible? |

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Featuring: Illustrator Shadra Strickland

Every second-grader will receive a copy of Please Louise, written by Slade Morrison and Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison and illustrated by Shadra Strickland.

Students, parents, educators and the public can see Shadra Strickland at a public presentation and book-signing on Friday, November 9, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Connor’s Cove at Hardesty Regional Library.

Explore lesson plans and resources for the books that Shadra Strickland has illustrated here.

What is Books to Treasure?

The Tulsa City-County Library treasures books... but we treasure children more! That is the idea behind the Books To Treasure program, which began in 2003. The goal is to celebrate the beauty and power of children’s literature and inspire a love of reading in children. Sponsored by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation since the beginning, Books To Treasure has grown into a Tulsa tradition for all second-grade students in Tulsa County. These youngsters receive a free copy of a treasured illustrator's book, the chance to get their very own library card, and an opportunity to see the illustrator in person.

How Does it Work, and When?

The Books To Treasure “season” is in the fall. Children’s librarians and library staff visit schools in September and October to talk about the illustrator and talk about the importance of reading and the library. All second-grade children in Tulsa County receive a free copy of the featured book and the opportunity to get a special library card with artwork from the book.

Last year (2017), Tulsa County second-grade students received over 12,000 free books and 3,000 special library cards as part of the Books To Treasure program.

Shadra Strickland, this year’s Books To Treasure illustrator, will give a public presentation at the Hardesty Regional Library’s Connor Cove on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7 p.m. This is an amazing opportunity for children to witness the creativity and passion that goes into illustrating a book, and to meet a “real life” illustrator.

Who Makes it Possible?

The Books to Treasure program is sponsored annually by the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation. With their support, the program began in 2003 and has grown into a Tulsa County tradition for second grade students.

Books to Treasure Featured Illustrators

Explore lesson plans and resources for this year's author/illustrator as well as past honored illustrators.

Projects & Programs Sponsored by Tulsa Library Trust

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