Auto shows are not only a great place to have adventures-for preschoolers, they can also be the power behind learning to read.
The North American International Auto Show and the PNC Foundation have released a second locally written and illustrated storybook designed to encourage preschool vocabulary development in a fun, engaging way.
PNC is sponsoring the storybook in support of Grow Up Great, its $350-million, multi-year bilingual initiative in early childhood education, according to a press release.
The book, titled Pincy’s Auto Show Adventures: Special Agent Pincy, was officially unveiled and presented to Detroit Public Schools pre-K children at the Coleman A. Young Elementary School. Detroit Pistons legend Earl Cureton was the featured guest and reader.
The new book follows the continuing adventures of Pincy, the lovable canine who captured the hearts of tots in the first book released last year, Pincy’s Auto Show Adventures: Pincy Saves the Day!
“Pincy’s adventures not only give kids a fun way to think about cars and the auto show, but more importantly, the book focuses on a key building block in learning and that is vocabulary,” said Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS chairman. “The old adage, ‘Readers are Leaders,’ is more than a phrase; it speaks volumes about the importance of introducing vocabulary and reading early in the learning process.”
The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence, according to the release. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, including the arts and culture.
“Pincy’s Auto Show Adventures: Special Agent Pincy was created to entertain children with a wonderful story that takes place right in their own backyard,” said PNC Regional President Ric DeVore, speaking on behalf of the PNC Foundation. “Vocabulary is considered a vital educational building block and has become a significant focus within early learning. This book gives parents and caregivers an exciting tool to enhance their children’s word development.”