Mallett School’s Prime Time Reading, aka Pajama Night, is still, for thirteen years running now, my favorite event of the year. How could it not be? After all it has some of the best ingredients an event could have: a shared love of reading, widespread community support and partnerships, great authors, a great crowd, amazing decorations, and pajamas.
Here’s how it works: The Mallett community comes back to school at 6:00 in the evening – parents, kids, teachers, librarian, principal, all dressed in pajamas for an evening of read-alouds. I produce a children’s book author. The evening starts with that author reading his book to the assembled throng in the gymnasium, which has been lavishly decorated around the book’s theme. Afterwards, families can either go listen to one of five different community readers in five different classrooms, read together in the gym, or purchase a book and have the guest author sign it. The evening ends with the author reading a second book to the whole audience and then concludes with goodnights and more book signing.
When beloved Mother Burce author Ryan Higgins arrived he was greeted thus.
The decorations for Pajama night are always stellar. This year Mallett School librarian Arika Galkowski outdid herself.
I Know what you are thinking. ‘That’s awesome but did Arika make a working goose catapult for the event?’
It was another great Prime Time Reading year thanks to Ryan, The Mallett community, especially Arika and Tracy, and lots of folks from Ryan’s publisher especially Derek from Hachette, and Christine from Disney. Thanks everyone!