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2018 KRARI Selection: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Kids Reading Across RI 2018 Program

KRARI 2018 T ShirtJoin us for the 2018 Kids Reading Across Rhode Island The First Rule of Punk summer workshops with The Providence Comics Consortium!

The Providence Comics Consortium started in 2010 as a series of comics workshops at the Providence Community Library, with a special emphasis on publishing diy books that would be available for check out through the library system. Since then the PCC’s horde of adult and kid artists have created countless workshops, comic books, magazines, a novel, a book of short stories, and have even manifested experimental parades and pneumatic tube fueled advice booths. Most recently the Consortium published a book of their time-tested drawing games: The Giant Book of Visionary Sketchbook Games.

In this one day Providence Comics Consortium program, kids will submerge into visionary sketchbook games, character creation, and pencilling & inking pages for a comic-zine that they get to take home!
July 9 – Rochambeau Library (4:00pm)
July 18 – Pawtucket Library – (4:00pm)


In this one day Providence Comics Consortium Screen Printing program, kids will learn about diy printing, get a chance to pull their own print. After making a poster or a t-shirt and drying it at the drying station, they’ll get to color their print and take it home.

July 12 – West Warwick Library (10:30am)
July 16 – Central Falls Library (2:30pm)
July 25 – Washington Park Library (2:00pm)
August 1 – Woonsocket Library (3:00pm)
August 17 – Wanskuck Library (time tbd)
These programs are made possible by a grant from TD Charitable Foundation to the RI Center for the Book in support of Kids Reading Across Rhode Island

Honorary Chair: Governor Gina Raimondo

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s One Book, One State community read program for kids, is kicking off its 9th year! This program, offered in partnership with the Rhode Island Center for the Book at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, encourages students across the state in grades 4 through 6 to read the same book, and engage in community discussions and programs. This year’s selection is The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez.

KRARI 2018 Press Release

KRARI 2018 Poster

First Rule of PunkThe First Rule of Punk

A 2018 Pura Belpré Award Honor Book and a 2018 Rhode Island Latino Books Month selection!

There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school–you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malu (Maria Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.

The real Malu loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malu finally begins to feel at home. She’ll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!

Celia C PerezCelia C. Pérez

Celia C. Pérez. will speak and sign books throughout the afternoon andThe First Rule of Punk will be given out (one per family) while supplies last.

Inspired by punk and her love of writing, Celia C. Pérez has been making zines for longer than some of you have been alive. Her favorite zine supplies are her long-arm stapler, glue sticks, animal clip art (to which she likes adding speech bubbles), and watercolor pencils. She still listens to punk music, and she’ll never stop picking cilantro out of her food at restaurants. Her zines and writing has been featured in The Horn Book Magazine, Latina, El Andar, Venus Zine, and NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Along for the Ride.

Celia is the daughter of a Mexican mother and a Cuban father. Originally from Miami, Florida, she now lives in Chicago with her family and works as a community college librarian. She owns two sets of worry dolls because you can never have too many. The First Rule of Punk is her first book for young readers.

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