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Six Flags New England Hosts the First-Ever “Read a Book Day”

August 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

What: On Saturday, August 27, Six Flags New England and Candlewick Press are celebrating literacy with their first-ever “Read a Book Day.” The Coaster Capital of New England and Candlewick Press will host a variety of activities to encourage reading for kids of all ages. Guests will be able to enjoy book readings, activities, games, trivia, performances of StoryTale Fumbled Fables, and photo opportunities with the iconic Waldo of Where’s Waldo? fame.

Guests are invited to donate at least three new or gently used books at the park’s Main Gate in exchange for $20.16 off the Main Gate Admission price . All donated books will go directly to the Boys and Girls Club of Springfield, Massachusetts. Books will be collected throughout the day, and Six Flags New England’s goal is to donate well over 500 books. Six Flags New England recommends that donated books be kid-friendly and tailored to children age 15 and younger. Picture books, chapter books, character books, and educational books are highly encouraged.

Six Flags New England is proud to work with Candlewick Press to celebrate “Read a Book Day.” Candlewick Press views as central to its mission the idea that all children in America, regardless of their personal circumstances, have access to books. To that end, Candlewick Press has long supported such literacy and charitable organizations as Reading Is Fundamental, First Book, and the Boys and Girls Club of America.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Six Flags New England to promote literacy and to cultivate a love of reading in the community. It’s an unfortunate reality that many young people don’t have access to high-quality children’s literature, and we hope to change that with the books we collect on August 27. We also hope this celebration of reading will create lifelong readers by showing children the power of great stories,” said Ally Russell, consumer outreach specialist at Candlewick Press.

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016

10:00 AM–1:00 PM: Book Drive visual activation; representatives from Candlewick Press on site

Books and discount offer will last all day (opening hours 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM)

Where: Six Flags New England, 1623 Main Street, Agawam, MA, 01001

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.3 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 55 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.

About Candlewick Press

Candlewick Press is an independent publisher based in Somerville, Massachusetts. For over twenty years, Candlewick has published outstanding children’s books for readers of all ages, including books by award-winning authors and illustrators such as the former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo, M. T. Anderson, Jon Klassen, and Laura Amy Schlitz; the widely acclaimed Judy Moody, Mercy Watson, and ’Ology series; and favorites such as Guess How Much I Love You , Where’s Waldo?, and Maisy. Candlewick is part of the Walker Books Group, together with Walker Books UK in London and Walker Books Australia. The Walker Books Group has a unique ownership structure that includes all of its employees worldwide. Visit Candlewick online at www.candlewick.com.


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