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2019 KRARI Book Selection: Sanity & Tallulah

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Learn more about the KRARI Summer Programs!

About the 10th Annual Kids Reading Across Rhode Island 

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s One Book, One State community read program for kids, is kicking off its 10th year! This program, offered by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services in partnership with the Rhode Island Center for the Book, encourages students across the state in grades 4 through 6 to read the same book, and engage in community discussions and programs. The 2019 selection is Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks!

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meet Author molly brooks

An Evening with Molly Brooks

May 3, 2019 at Savoy Bookshop & Cafe, 10 Canal St, Westerly, RI. Reserve Tickets now!

2019 Kickoff Celebration!

Meet Molly Brooks, author of Sanity & Tallulah. Each family will receive a free copy of Sanity & Tallulahthat they can have signed by the author. Enjoy activities with RI public libraries and organizations, music, art and more! Download the poster.

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Doors open 2:00 – 4:00 PM
RI State House 
Free parking in the State of RI lots

Sanity & Tallulah

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn’t long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it’s too late? 

Molly Brooks

Molly Brooks wrote and illustrated Sanity & Tallulah, and is the illustrator of Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared by Alison Wilgus, as well as many short comics. Her work has appeared in The GuardianThe Boston GlobeThe Nashville SceneBUST Magazine, ESPN social, Sports Illustrated online, and others. Molly lives and works in Brooklyn, where she spends her spare time watching vintage buddy-cop shows and documenting her cats. You can find her at mollybrooks.com.

Learn More About Kids Reading Across Rhode (KRARI)
Since 2009 The Center has partnered with the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services for a summer reading program focusing on children in grades 3-6. KRARI seeks to instill a lifelong love of reading while preventing summer learning loss. KRARI kicks off at the magnificent Rhode Island State House, hosting hundreds of young readers and their families, who receive the selected book at no cost and meet the author. For many of the students, it is their first encounter with a live author which makes a lasting impact. The program then launches into book groups, crafts, theater and visual arts events throughout the summer to stimulate young readers.


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

2017: Save me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

2016: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

2015: Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

2014: Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

2013: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

2011: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

2010: Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise

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