Chartered in 1990, the Greater Paradise Valley Reading Council promotes a love of reading through school and community activities.  Members are provided with opportunities for professional growth through council programs and the annual literacy institute sponsored by the Arizona Reading Association

Membership is open to literacy advocates – teachers, librarians, reading specialists, authors, illustrators, administrators, parents – anyone who believes a child should be a lifelong reader.

Membership dues help support:
- GPVRC professional development seminars

- Teachers as Readers discussion groups
- Community service projects: Lake Titicaca Literacy Project helped build libraries on Amantani Island and provided an ILA    

  membership to a Peruvian educator; Book-a-licious Buddies provides books to families at the Foothills Food Bank in Cave Creek; Africa Library  

  Project impacts girls in southwest Kenya
- Networking with literacy professionals at events and on FB 
- Advocacy and legislation that affects literacy
- Celebrate Literacy Award recognizing organizations, institutions, and individuals that have made significant literacy contributions at the local

  council or state level. Past council award winners: Rotary Club Dictionary Program; Elinor Lemon (founding GPVRC member); Eileen Baughman  

  (Gardner’ Book Service); Janet Napolitano ( former AZ Governor)

Do you know individuals who have shown exemplary accomplishments as teachers, organizers of literacy programs, producers of literacy material,     or supporters of literacy activities?  Nominate them for the Celebrate Literacy Award.  It is a great opportunity to acknowledge individuals and    

organizations that promote literacy in Arizona.


President: Julie Berlin BellaJP@aol.com
Vice President: Barbara Gowan bgowan54@cox.net
Secretary: Debra LaPlante  mdlaplante@cox.net
Treasurer: Debbie Kirkpatrick Owlie2003@yahoo.com
Membership: Sigrid Kuster  dgkuster@msn.com

Greater Paradise Valley Reading Council Calendar of Events 2016 - 2017

Paradise Valley United School District Office, 15002 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix
3:30-4:00 pm networking, 4:00-6:00 pm meeting
Free to GPVRC members, $5 for guests

Sept 1, 2016   

Wondering and Writing about Nature:
Bring nature into your classroom and use it to inspire students to create journals
Barbara Gowan, author

Oct 6, 2016

Perceptual Motor Development and Improving Learning Skills

Learn how to be aware of specific behaviors that may indicate perceptual motor difficulties

Linda Thompson, Perceptual Motor Consultant

Nov 5, 2016   

ARA Institute – Writing Across the Curriculum
Jane Ferber, Literacy Educator


1601 E. Main Street

Mesa, AZ

This is an Arizona Reading Association annual event
Register at www.arizonareadingassociation.org

Nov 29, 2016 

Jack Gantos, author
Reading Good Books to Writing Good Books
The Old Spaghetti Factory

1418 N Central Ave

Phoenix, AZ
Non-Members $10, – Members Free
Reserved Seating – only 60 seats available

This is a Phoenix West Reading Council/GPVRC event
Please RSVP frog4life317@hotmail.com

 Dec 1, 2016

 Best of the Best – Feast of Folktales

Jan 12, 2017   

Wordless Picture Books

Feb 2, 2017 

Cross-curricular Literacy Integration
Jennifer Hilderbrand, K-teacher

March 2, 2017

Thrill of Discovery:  from adventure to publication – why science writing is fun!
 Brooke Bessesen, author, naturalist

April 6, 2017

Sixty Books in Ninety Minutes
Gudrun Godare, Educator, & Lisa Morris-Wilkey, Librarian 

May 4, 2017

May the 4th be with You – a look at Star Wars Space and science fiction books