We’re Reading the 2017 PA One Book!

Guest readers throughout Pennsylvania are reading the 2017 PA One Book selection, Daniel Finds a Poem by author Micha Archer in early learning programs.

Deputy Secretary, Matthew Stem from the PA Office of Elementary/Secondary Education read Daniel Finds a Poem to a kindergarten class at Clarks Summit Elementary (in the Abington Heights School District) on April 4 as part of Governor’s Wolf’s Schools That Teach tour.

Deputy Secretary Matthew Stem visited the Lackawanna County Children’s Library where he read Daniel Finds a Poem to a group of children preparing for kindergarten. These children were at the library for the library’s kickoff to the Cruise to Kindergarten program.

What a joy kicking off Month of the Young Child on April 3, 2017 by reading the 2017 PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to preschoolers at Erin Cameron’s Keystone Stars STAR 4 Creative Garden Child Care Center in Punxsutawney. Guest reader, Community Innovation Zone Specialist John Pozza and children even sang a song using the ideas Daniel got for his poem from the animals he meets in the park.

Doreen Yeremian reads to children in three classrooms on April 3, 2017 at Swarthmore Friends Nursery School in Swarthmore.

Children at the Lancaster Early Education Center, drawing pictures of the animals that Daniel encountered in the story after being read to by guest Jen Wertz.


Roma Greenly reads to a classroom at Kids of the Kingdom Day School in Lewisburg on April 5, 2017.


Carissa Woleslagle from OCDEL, reads to students at Henry Houck Elementary School in the Lebanon School District on April 5, 2017.


Preschoolers enjoyed a reading at the Sunbury YMCA in Sunbury by guest Bea Prosseda.


Chris Rodgers visited the Little Hearts Learning Center preschool class to share the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem.


Guest reader, Barbara Parr, read to the children at Back to Basics Learning Center in New Oxford, PA.  Since the teachers were discussing spring in preparation for using Daniel Finds A Poem, Ms. Parr supported their work by reading, In the Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming, followed by Jump Frog Jump by Byron Barton.  The teachers and children greeted their guest warmly and all appeared to enjoy the session.


Kathy Kashner from Northampton Community College recently read at Forks YMCA Education Center, part of the Greater Valley YMCA to Pre-K Counts students.  The students really enjoyed her reading style and the PA One Book: Every Young Child selection, Daniel Finds a Poem.


Guest reader Bob Borenstein reads to the children at Abington YMCA in Montgomery County.


Janie Mason from the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library read the PA One Book to students at the the Maxwell Elementary Head Start classroom.


Kelsey O’Brien from the PA Key read to Kiddie Line Express in Linglestown.


Mr. Bruce recently read to students at The Goddard School in Murraysville.


Jennifer Crane read the PA One Book to students at Betty Shreckengast’s Family Daycare in Millheim, PA.


Corrie Mitchell read at the Jewish Community Center Early Childhood Department (JCC) in Harrisburg on Tuesday, April 4.  Corrie said, “The children really enjoyed the book  and were very engaged as I read.  It was such an awesome experience to be able to go into a site and read to the children!”


Beaver County celebrated Week of the Young Child Celebration on April 8 with Darlene Sansone from the Penn State Extension Office as the PA One Book Guest Reader.

Henry Houck Elementary School’s K-4 classroom enjoyed Daniel Finds a Poem with their guest reader.

Amanda Janeshefskie from the PA Key read the PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem, to children at Aa to Zz Child Care and Learning Center in Hummelstown.

Judy Graca read the PA One Book to classrooms at Interplay Child Care in Pittsburgh.

The Head Start classroom at Maxwell Elementary in Greensburg/Westmoreland County enjoyed their PA One Book guest reader.


Kirsty Clarke Brown from PHMC read the PA One Book to a classroom at the Shiloh Development Academy in Chester on April 13.


On Monday, April 10, 2017, in support of early literacy, JB’s Bright Beginnings’ of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania hosted special guest reader, Kelli Shafron from Westmoreland Community Action. Miss Kelli shared the 2017 PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer with the Pre-K Classrooms. Miss Kelli was greeted with joyful smiles and departed with the gift of the children’s own stories and poems!

PA One Book Guest Reader Beth Plowmaker (from SERK) read to students at Tommy Tinkers in Chester County.


Betsy Vassallo of the Southeast Regional Key read to children at Aunt Di’s Child Care Services, a STAR 4 family child care home in Philadelphia on April 20, 2017.

Jori Farley one of the Northeast Regional Key STARS Managers read to the children at Howard Gardner MI Charter School.

Rae Temples a Kindergarten Teacher at Bangor Area School District read to children at The Learning Locomotion.

Angie Somogyi, one of the Northeast Regional Key Managers read at Career Institute of Technology, Tech Tykes Early Learning Center.

Masha Levin, one of the Northeast Regional Key’s Infant/Toddler Specialists, read at Nazareth Area Day Care in Northampton County.

Erica Ghayyada read to students at Mansfield Area Nursery School.

Julie Lubarsky read to students at Training Wheels Day Care on April 24, 2017.

On April 24, Luann Scardino read to the children at the Center for Developmental Disabilities. She brought her pet, Telly, since the PA One Book highlights a turtle. Luann says it was a great experience.


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  • Michele McKenna says:

    The Learning Experience in West Chester was honored to have Miss Stacy come as a guest reader. The children during the day and at the end of the day were heard telling their parents all about the book, Daniel finds a Poem. They were so excited and we were so thankful for your visit.

  • Betty Shreckengast says:

    Hello I wanted to give a Special Thank you too Jennifer Crane for coming to my daycare in MIllhiem to read Daniel Finds a Poem- we had a wonderful time. Thank so much

    Ms Betty Shreckengast Daycare, Millheim, Pa

  • Bea Prosseda says:

    Preschoolers enjoyed a reading at the Sunbury YMCA in Sunbury by guest Bea Prosseda.

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