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Reading Is Fundamental Presents the First Annual Reading Planet Powwow

WASHINGTON—November 9, 2007— In celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month, Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation’s largest and oldest children’s and family literacy organization, is hosting an online powwow at www.rif.org.

RIF’s First Annual Reading Planet Powwow provides games and activities in which children can learn about the history and cultures of American Indians. Powwows, held by many tribes, are fun community gatherings where stories, food, songs, games, and other customs are shared.

Children, parents, and educators will enjoy visiting the online powwow, where they can:

Meet Joseph Bruchac, an Abenaki Indian storyteller and author.

Get book ideas by browsing RIF’s American Indian Heritage Booklist

Enjoy videos of songs and dances performed during the National Powwow in Washington, D.C.

Learn about notable American Indians, including astronaut John Herrington and George Crum, inventor of the potato chip.

Enter the Powwow Trivia Contest for an opportunity to win a RIF prize pack.
Parents of younger children can find an American Indian booklist and an interactive story time activity on RIF’s Leading to Reading website, a free resource to help parents and caregivers develop the language skills of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

About RIF
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
202-536-3528

Reading Is Fundamental Presents the First Annual Reading Planet Powwow