All-Ages Storytime Featuring Local “Celebrities”

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I love any events that showcase books or authors because I love to read, and have shared that passion with my children. This all-ages story time is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to enjoy readings together, and to meet some of our local “celebrities” while you’re there! Check out the press release on this fun event below!




First Book


Chef Tamara Murphy, Seattle Sounders player, Anna Banana Freeze from the Massive Monkees and New Day Northwest host Margaret Larson are among celebrity readers taking part in First Book Seattle’s second annual fundraiser ‘What Was Your First Book?’

‘What Was Your First Book?’ is an all-ages storytime which will take place on Saturday May 18th at Richard Hugo House in Seattle from 10:00am to noon. The readers (full list below) will read the book that first inspired their love of reading and to chat to the audience about their choice. Limited Tickets are available at for $25 for adults and $10 for children. $25 provides ten new books to children that need them. The voice of the Sounders Ross Fletcher will host the event.


First Book Seattle has donated over 5,600 books in King County since its November 2011 inception.  First Book Seattle gets books to children who need them through working title I classrooms and community groups 70% or more of the children are from low-income families. We know that the presence of books in the home is the single greatest factor predicting future literacy.


May’s event will not only raise funds for First Book Seattle but also provides a unique opportunity to hear high profile members of our community talk about their passion for reading and inspire children and adults alike.


The readers:

o    Chef Tamara Murphy of Terra Plata

o    Margaret Larson host of New Day Northwest

o    Anna Banana Freeze from the Massive Monkees b-boy crew

o    Shovey Chase from the Rat City Roller Girls

o    Seattle Sounders player

o    UW Husky Wide Receiver

o    Captain Bjorn Toorun Ride the Duck driver

o    Rachel Kessler from Typing Explosion poetry performance

o    Julie Trout 2012 Regional Teacher of the Year

o    Linda Neunzig owner Ninety Farms sustainable farm

The event is co-sponsored by Elliott Bay Book Company and the Richard Hugo House.


For further information on First Book-Seattle, donations and the May 18th “What was Your First Book” All-Ages Storytime, contact Megan Lehman at


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