Children’s Reading Partners Welcomes Author Renata Bowers on November 4

West Hartford, Conn. (October 20, 2019) – Author Renata Bowers will headline Children’s Reading Partners’ Fall 2019 Kickoff on November 4, 2019, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Mandell JCC Innovation Center, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford. Bowers pens the national award–winning Frieda B. children’s book series and recently co-founded The Story Barn, a unique creative space in Somers, Connecticut, with her friend and business partner Paula LaJoie.

Bowers will demonstrate how to use written stories to inspire our own real-life human stories and those of the children we care about. The evening also serves as a brief introduction to Children’s Reading Partners, which offers one-on-one volunteer literacy coaching for at-risk pre-K and elementary school students and enrichment opportunities for children of all reading abilities. The program is free, and all are welcome to attend; a Frieda B. book sale and signing will follow. RSVP by Friday, November 1 to Ronni Breiter at  or 860.727.6129.

Children’s Reading Partners is an initiative of the Jewish Community Relations Council, part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. It welcomes volunteers of all faiths and serves students of all backgrounds. Since its founding in 1998, Children’s Reading Partners has helped more than 7,000 students at 20 local sites become better readers and stronger students. It has also provided over 8,000 new and gently used books to students and their classrooms.

Major grant funding for Children’s Reading Partners is provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, SBM Charitable Foundation, the Jeffrey P. Ossen Family Foundation, People’s United Community Foundation, and George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation at Bank of America. Click here to learn more.

Photo caption: Children’s author Renata Bowers, creator of the award-winning Frieda B. series, will headline Children’s Reading Partners’ Fall 2019 Kickoff on November 4 at the Mandell JCC Innovation Center in West Hartford. 
Credit: David Butler/Butler Photography