Educators encourage youngsters to read

Pictured left to right are: Vivian Wolff, Chairperson of IRA Grants; Margaret Beem, Vice President of SOEAA; Ladd & Fran Baumann; and Trini Chargualaf, retired GDOE principal.

Representatives of the Guam Council of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the UOG School of Education Alumni Association (SOEAA) recently thanked local author Frances Baumann and her husband attorney Ladd Baumann for their donation of 300 children’s books.

They donated the books to be used as prizes for public elementary school students who participate in the next islandwide Read-a-thon in their continuing effort to encourage Guam youngsters to read for fun.

In addition to its annual Read-a-thon for children and in keeping with its goal to improve literacy and reading instruction in Guam and Micronesia, the IRA is hosting its 32nd annual regional Language Arts Conference for teachers and parents this weekend on Nov. 15 and 16 at the Pacific Star Resort.

The donated books include Ramon on the Phone, and Midge at the Fridge, which were written by Frances Baumann and feature funny stories told in rhyme about a CHamoru “coach potato” and his “junk-food-junkie” friend who discover how to get fit and eat right.

The storybooks include audio narration and companion activities, games, and jump rope songs.

They are now available online at