I have always loved to read – from an early age, books became my companions and my best friends. As a lonely kid growing up (we moved a lot) I didn’t have a lot of close friends most of the time, but books were always there for me. I loved all kinds of books – science fiction, mysteries, you name it! I wanted to bring the feeling that I get when I read to schools by highlighting not only some of the classics of children’s literature that I enjoyed growing but also some of the modern favorites that kids have been enjoying in the decades since I left childhood.
I call this whimsical, wacky school assembly “The Great Reading Adventure” and it’s a reading-themed hoot, designed to get YOUR students excited about reading!
Let’s face it – we’ve all heard or read those studies that talk about the fact that so many adults don’t pick up a book to read ever again once they finish school. That’s more than a little depressing. That’s what inspired me to create my third reading assembly (you can read about the other two reading-themed school assemblies HERE and HERE) and it’s a school assembly adventure your students and teachers will remember for years!
Using a combination of magic, goofy kid-friendly humor, audience involvement, music, and silly props, I bring many of these stories to life! While the exact books may vary from time to time and based on grade levels, the core group of kids’ books I highlight in “The Great Reading Adventure” includes:
How do these classics come to life? In goofy, surprising, hysterical magical ways! Using a spell from the “Harry Potter” books, one student is turned into a wizard… a ghost from “Goosebumps” comes to visit your school in an amazing way everyone will talk about for years… a spider from “Charlotte’s Web” spins a web with an important message for your students…Stuart, the World’s Fastest Mouse, runs into some trouble while trying to solve a problem…a fun science experiment will have everyone laughing hysterically…and much more!
Not only are classics of literature highlighted but so are important terms! During “The Great Reading Adventure” school assembly, students are reminded of topics, concepts, and definitions of:
One of the things that many of my clients talk about and enjoy about my programs is the fact that whenever I bring an assembly program to their school, they know that I always cater to the age group of the students I’m presenting to – in other words, if your school is a K-5 school and you typically have a program for grades K-2 followed by another program for grades 3-5, I bring different versions of the program to ‘reach’ kids on their level.
Call (716) 940-8963 (that’s my cell phone) or fill out the Contact Form above to receive “The Great Reading Adventure” information immediately. You just might inspire some students to pick up a book.
“Excellent! Cris was very easy to work with and the kids were very involved!”
Cathy Joynt, Principal
Oak Orchard Elementary School
Medina, New York
”Hi Cris! Thank you SO much for today! Both shows were GREAT! Teachers were coming up to me after the show to tell me how good it was and how much they loved it! I even heard that it was the best that they had ever seen!!! I know that it is definitely my favorite!!! I know that our kids here at Hillside LOVED it!!! Have a safe trip home and we will chat soon!!! Thank you so much again… we had lots of fun!”
Lisa Bowe, School Counselor
Hillside Elementary School
”The ‘Drug Free’ and ‘Stay In School’ messages were incorporated in a very entertaining 40-minute [Drug Awareness] assembly. I do not hesitate to recommend ‘Cris Johnson’s Amazing School Assemblies’ to any school group.”
Paul J. Ludwig, Interim Elementary Principal
North Collins Central School
North Collins, NY
”Your program holds kids’ attention, gets the message across, is fast-paced, and lots of fun! Excellent!”
Barbara Partell, Principal
Dorothy B. Bunce Elementary School
”Wonderful show for grades K-5! It captured the children’s attention and clearly got the message across. I highly recommend this program to other schools. Outstanding message!”
Dr. Jim Tette, Principal
St. Michael*s School
Penn Yan, NY
“That was just EXCELLENT! They loved it! Cris is very energetic and funny. The kids and the teachers were very impressed. We want to book Cris for next year already! One of our sixth grade teachers said it was the BEST assembly presented at this school! Outstanding message!”
Amy Mckenty, School Librarian
St. John of Rochester School