You've seen the Wonder of Reading spots in movie theaters, we're guessing, and after watching one you've probably wanted to go right out to a library, pull something Harry Potter-ish or Anne of Green Gable-esque off the shelf, grab a juice box, and plunk down at a kid-sized table to dive in. That's how we always feel, anyway. And we heartily raise our pens, or, um, keyboards, to any organization that helps children adore reading.
Explore-A-Story is the Wonder of Reading's big, author-laden annual affair that both spreads the good word -- or words, rather -- and raises funds for the organization. There are appearances by writers well-known in the kid-book world, various artsy activities, book signings, and, this being Los Angeles, a bunch of celeb-y book lovers reading aloud. Shia LaBeouf is on this year's roster, as is "Malcolm in the Middle" mom Jane Kaczmarek and cutie Madison Pettis.