Today city and county officials, educators, and caring citizens will read this year’s RAS selection, “Crunch,” to children in all corners of the county, from Happy Camp to Tulelake and everywhere in between.

Today marks the 12th annual Read Across Siskiyou event – a day dedicated to championing the importance of daily reading and early literacy for healthy child development, and school and life success. Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative members presented this year’s RAS selection to the Yreka City Council on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Read Across Siskiyou is presented by the First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission and is held in remembrance of “longtime champion of children and First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Perlman.”

Today city and county officials, educators, and caring citizens will read this year’s RAS selection, “Crunch,” to children in all corners of the county, from Happy Camp to Tulelake and everywhere in between. Public reading events are scheduled at preschools, play groups, kindergartens, libraries, and community socials.

Each child will be presented with a copy of this year’s book for their home library. Written and illustrated by Carolina Rabel, “Crunch” tells a story about how a guinea pig, who loves food more than anything, finds out how friendship can be even more cherished, according to a press release from First 5.

The ultimate goal of the First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission is that all of Siskiyou’s children from prenatal through 5 years of age will be healthy, ready to succeed, and supported in safe, nurturing families and communities and have a successful start in life through daily reading.

Yreka City Council members expressed their continued support of that mission on Thursday and smiled as they were each handed a book. Public officials from Yreka mayor Joan Smith Freeman to Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey have made a point to support Read Across Siskiyou over the years. Many local community members take time out of their days to read to children at their schools for the event.

“Early experiences matter,” said Karen Pautz, Executive Director of First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission. “Daily reading, singing and talking with children is essential for supporting child development. When we read with children we expose them to new words, new ideas and share the love of reading and quality time. This annual event demonstrates the Commission’s commitment to investments in early literacy.”

For more on First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission visit www.first5siskiyou.org.

To pick up a free book, to participate, and to learn about the reading events in your community, visit or call your local family resource center or contact First 5 Siskiyou Children and Families Commission at (530) 918-7222.