Bernadette Peters, Gregory Jbara, Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Cavenaugh, Constantine Maroulis and Linda Eder were among the participants of the third annual New York Times 'Great Children's Read.' The day-long event was a free celebration of reading featuring live entertainment for children and families, presented by Target. A list of New York's top-20 "Favorite Stories to Read-Aloud" was specially selected this year by children's librarians from the three public library systems of New York City: Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library and Queens Library. Celebrities from film, TV and Broadway read the 20 books on the list.
The event was held on Sunday, Oct. 4th, 10 a.m - 5 p.m., at Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street. BroadwayWorld.com's cameras were there for the fun and important event!
The "Favorite Stories to Read-Aloud" for young readers ages three to eight, were read by the hot young star of Broadway's "West Side Story," Matt Cavenaugh; Miss New York USA 2009, Tracey Chang; former professional baseball player and broadcaster Roberto Clemente, Jr.; "The Electric Company" actor Dominic Colon; Broadway star and recording artist Linda Eder; MSNBC's Willie Geist; star of Broadway's "Memphis," Montego Glover; NY1 News's parenting expert Shelley Goldberg; EVP for Government & Community Affairs, Columbia University, Maxine Griffith; Olympic gold medalist figure skater Sarah Hughes; star of Broadway's "Finian's Rainbow," Cheyenne Jackson; Tony Award winner for Broadway's "Billy Elliot," Gregory Jbara; co-anchor of NBC's "The Today Show," Natalie Morales; star of Broadway's "Rock of Ages," Constantine Maroulis; "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" actor JuliAnne Nicholson; "Sesame Street"'s "Gordon," Roscoe Orman; Tony Award winning star of Broadway's "Wicked," Rondi Reed; comedian/actor Jerry Stiller; WCBS-TV News anchor Dana Tyler; and more to be announced. The reading stage will be hosted by WOR Radio710am personality Liz Hamburg.
Photos by Monica Simoes