Literacy Leaders

"One World, Many Stories" at Library of Congress National Book Fair

The Chris Draft Family Foundation's Literacy Leaders initiative strives to change lives and save lives, one book at a time. Founder Chris Draft was able to spread that message to the youth of Washington D.C. as he served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Library of Congress National Book Fair on June 3.

The theme of the National Book Fair was "One World, Many Stories" which truly showed through as the students had the opportunity to talk about their favorite books with Draft and the attendees. The book fair also stressed reading aloud, which helped parents get involved in creating a lifetime love of literacy for their children.

While helping the book fair progress, Draft was able to speak with the kids about their favorite stories and the importance of continuing to read during the summer. He issued the students a challenge, can you read five books this summer and continue to read 30 minutes every day during the school year?

Following the Library of Congress event, Draft carried the literacy message to Watkins Elementary School where he participated in Field Day for the Watkins third grade class. Draft was able to talk with these students about reading, but also about the importance of exercise and staying healthy. The students rattled off their favorite meals, which included everything from fried chicken to sushi and the ways they stay active, participating in basketball, football, soccer, tennis and track.

Check out some photos from the event below and tell us how you stay active, stay healthy and what you like to read!