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Jump into January at RIF's Reading Planet website

Ice skating champ Rachael Flatt highlights winter and reading fun

WASHINGTON, December 12, 2008—Rachael Flatt, 2008 World Junior Figure Skating Champion, has teamed up with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy nonprofit organization, to encourage kids to gear up for a year of reading fun through a special feature on the RIF Reading Planet.

Jump into January, the latest RIF Reading Planet feature, ties favorite winter books to family activities—enticing even reluctant readers to pick up a book.

A special Flatt ice skating video, along with an interview section, inspires families to embark on a "Skating Skidoo" expedition. Jump into January features a story cabin with a winter–themed booklist that includes suggested age–appropriate titles to celebrate the joys of winter. Families can also enjoy an interactive online version of The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

For those looking to cure the winter blues, this special section includes a craft corner with step–by–step directions on creating a collage for all seasons, a family time capsule, a "Winter Warm Up" meal and more!

The Reading Planet at www.RIF.org is a colorful and interactive website where children (ages 6 to 15) can explore a fun, online world of books as they engage in reading/writing games and activities.

Flatt, a 16–year–old, 5–foot spitfire has been skating since the age of 4. Her quick, athletic style earned her the title of 2008 World Junior Champion. She also won silver at the 2008 U.S. National Figure Skating Competition, and since then has been undefeated by any U.S. skater.

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provides 4.6 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

Discover the Joy!

Layla Wright-Contreras,
Media Relations Manager


Jump into January at RIF's Reading Planet website