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2005 BORN TO READ Conference — Rosemary Wells

Karen Baldacci, the First Lady of Maine, introduces Rosemary Wells. Rosemary Wells speaks about the importance of reading aloud. Rosemary Wells graciously signed books for conference participants.
"To hear Rosemary Wells describe her efforts to engage families to read to their children daily was inspiring. She could be content writing books that touch children's lives, but she has become such an amazing advocate for reading and relationships. What energy she has!"

Rosemary Wells opened the conference with an impassioned presentation about the importance of sharing books to young children. She focused on specific ways that educators could reach out to parents to promote reading aloud. When adults read to children, Wells has written, "they are giving their voice, their patience and more important than anything they are giving pure love." (Born to Read highly recommends reading Wells' statement on "Children at Risk," available here). Her forthcoming book Shining Star, emphasizes the value of supportive home literacy environments. It will be available this fall, along with a kit to help teachers plan "back-to-school" visiting nights for parents. In the afternoon, Wells presented a slide show describing her creative process to Portland-area families. Fans of McDuff, Max, Yoko, and Wells' other characters were thrilled to learn how she brings them to life.

"Rosemary Wells was amazing. I agree with her philosophies and found it reassuring to hear them coming from such an important figure as her."

Rosemary Wells was born in New York City and grew up on the New Jersey Shore. She is the author and illustrator of over 60 picture books that address universal childhood themes of love, laughter, hope, and heroism in spirited tales, enabling children to confront their fears with confidence and optimism. She is the creator of such memorable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko.

"I loved a number of points that Rosemary Wells made - it raised my awareness. I'm glad that she spoke about getting away from the TV and computer and beginning a routine of reading daily for 20-30 minutes."

A selection of picture books by Rosemary Wells. Newest titles listed first. Books are written and illustrated by Wells unless otherwise noted.

I Love You a Bushel and a Peck
Bunny Mail
Max Loves Waves
My Kindergarten
Felix the Worrier
Getting to Know You
Only You
Ruby's Beauty Shop
Felix Feels Better
Yoko's Paper Cranes
Bunny Party
Emily's First 100 Days of School
Mary on Horseback (illustrated by Peter McCarty)
McDuff's New Friend
Here Comes Mother Goose (edited by Iona Opie)
Bunny Money
Read to Your Bunny
Noisy Nora
McDuff Moves In
Bunny Cakes
My Very First Mother Goose (edited by Iona Opie)
Voyage to the Bunny Planet

For more information about Rosemary Wells' life and work, see her website at

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