Center @ MDC giving away copies of How Rocket Learned to Read

The acclaimed Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC) has announced that parents and guardians of children ages 4-7 can request a copy of the picture book How Rocket Learned to Read by visiting the Center’s website and joining the Generation Genius Reads Club.

Rocket is the Fall 2012 Generation Genius Reads Official Selection for First Graders. Thousands of books already have been distributed to kids through the schools.

In How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills, a curious puppy named Rocket learns how to spell words out from an enthusiastic little yellow bird that wants to teach.

In addition, Otto the Book Bear has been chosen as the Spring 2013 Official Selection for Kindergarteners. Otto explores the world outside his usual home and discovers a library full of book characters, just like him.

Both books encourage learning and exploration and the value of challenging yourself to do something new. Thousands of Otto books will go to kindergarteners in Miami-Dade and Broward schools in January. Parents and guardians again will be able to sign up individually to the Generation Genius Reads Club to receive a free copy of Otto.

“It’s all about developing love of books and reading at an early age,” said Alina Interian, director of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade College. “When kids love to read, they have an easier time in school, across the subjects.”

The Center is able to carry out these book giveaways, and other literacy programming for children, thanks to the generous support of foundations and other sponsors.

he Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College promotes reading, writing and theater at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all.

Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. The Center produces the annual Miami Book Fair International, regarded as the largest and finest literary gathering in the U.S. It also is home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation’s leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrates its 10th year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theatre arts.

To request a free copy of the book and for more information, call 305-237-3940 or visit

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