KARK 4 TODAY’s Susanne Brunner to have book signing event this weekend for ‘Busker the Tusker’

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- How about a new book for the school year?

KARK 4 Today anchor Susanne Brunner will have storytime at the Zoo.

She will read her new children’s book ‘Busker the Tusker’ and sign copies of her book this weekend at the Little Rock Zoo.

Busker is an elephant who sets out on a search for his family and meets special animal friends who join in on the adventure.

Brunner says she is excited to introduce Busker to everyone and share how this book has a special connection to Arkansas.

“When doing education stories around the state, I have noticed that there was a need to bring up our reading scores,” Brunner says. “And I also found out that there are kids at home that don’t even have a book and that really broke my heart. And so I hope that my reading initiative and what I am doing with my book really does make a difference and I am really, really excited about it.”

This is the first book in a planned series.

If you buy a book, you can enter to win an original Busker the Tusker stuffed animal.

The adventure starts on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Susanne will also be at Wordsworth Books at 3 p.m.

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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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Arkansas’ Reading Deficit

  • Only 31% of Arkansas’ 4th-grade students are proficient in reading (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2015).
  • Arkansas ranks in the lower third in reading scores in comparison to other states (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2015).
  • One-third of Arkansas schools report average literacy scores lower than 25 percent (Department of Education in Arkansas, 2015).
  • Only 39% of Arkansas’ graduating seniors met reading readiness benchmarks on the ACT (2015).