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Susanne Brunner’s Book-A-Thon: 10 Books. 10 Weeks. wrapped up its second week.

Susanne and Busker the Tusker read at schools in Sherwood and Center Ridge where 160 students took the pledge to read 10 books in 10 weeks. The goal is to kids excited about reading, sharing book ideas with their classmates and to be consistent about picking up a book.

On the main Book-A-Thon page, you can download the pledge for your child, find literacy stories, see what the book of the week is, navigate a map that shows where Susanne and Busker have been to read and educate children about the importance of reading.

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Susanne’s Mission

Susanne Brunner is the Morning Anchor on KARK 4 TODAY and also shares weekly education reports. Some have highlighted positive stories about the importance of reading at an early age and ensuring more children have a book of their own. Susanne’s goal is to write stories that teach kids valuable life lessons. She also hopes her published book “Busker the Tusker” helps build a special bond between children and their parents. Growing up, Susanne’s mom told her a special bedtime story that she remembers and holds dear to this day. That memory encouraged Susanne to create a tale of her own to tell, which is how “Busker the Tusker” came to life. Click here to learn more about the book 

 Susanne Brunner’s Book-A-Thon: 10 Books. 10 Weeks., is a reading initiative she launched in September 2019 to encourage more children to pick up a book to read. Susanne and Busker are visiting schools across Arkansas to read his story and to inspire kids to take the pledge to read 10 books in 10 weeks. You can download and print the pledge on this site. Once kids finish their reading adventure, Susanne and Busker will give them a certificate of completion. Her goal is to reach as many kids as possible, teach them the importance of reading, and help make a difference in Arkansas’ reading deficit. What are you waiting for? Join Susanne’s reading adventure!

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