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Please Touch Museum Celebrates Children's Literature


WordsworthThis Friday, the Please Touch Museum kicks off Celebrate Stories Weekend with the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Please Touch Museum Book Awards. This year’s book award winners are Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli, and Spoonwritten by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon. They will be honored in a ceremony scheduled for noon 12pm on Friday April 23rd in the museum’s Hamilton Hall. Honoree Patricelli, whose award-winning and popular books include a trio of board books about opposites: Yummy YuckyBig Little, and Quiet Loud, will join the celebration, sign books, and meet visitors immediately after the award ceremony.


“Helping a child discover the joys of reading and storytelling by recognizing high-quality books is one of the ways we hope to start our young visitors onto the path of learning,” says Laura Foster, President and CEO of Please Touch Museum.


Since 1985, the Please Touch Museum Book Award has spotlighted books that are imaginative, exceptionally illustrated, and that help foster a child’s life-long love of reading. Each year, the Museum selects books in two categories based on the age of the museum visitors, children ages seven and under. Sponsored by The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation, this is the only award of its kind presented by a children’s museum to honor the publication of quality books for young children.


Leslie PatricelliIn the Ages 4 to 7 Category, the winning book Spoon tells the story of a little spoon who learns to stop comparing himself to the other cutlery (the cool knife, the exotic chopsticks) and to appreciate what makes him unique and special. Higher! Higher!, winner in the Ages 3 and Under Category, is a joyous story illustrating the power of imagination, as a little girl’s ordinary ride on a swing sends her soaring over rooftops, alongside mountain climbers, airplanes, and rockets, and into space itself. The Kids Store will also offer a 20% discount on Higher! Higher! throughout the Celebrate Stories Weekend.


At the 2010 Book Award Ceremony, the Please Touch Museum will also introduce the newest member of its puppet pal family: Wordsworth, a loveable bookworm who loves to burrow into a good story.


Celebrate Stories Weekend will continue Friday through Sunday with special appearances by Mother Goose and beloved book character Madeline, special performances of music and children’s literature, art activities, and of course storytimes! Saturday night, the Please Touch Museum will also host the Storybook Ball, a fantasy-filled fundraiser to support its education and community programming.


The Please Touch Museum, open seven days a week, is located at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Admission is $15 for adults and children. Children under one are free. For more information, contact 215-581-3181 or www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.


PHOTOS: (Right) Puppet Wordsworth, courtesy of Please Touch Museum.  (Left) Author Leslie Patricelli