Big Foot Beach State Park = Read to lead

Big Foot Beach State Park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The 272 acre park is located in the southeast corner of Wisconsin. The beach and park are named for Chief Big Foot, an early Potawatomi leader in the area until 1836. Big Foot Lake was the original English name of Lake Geneva.

Big Foot Beach
Big Foot Beach State Park offers several short unpaved trails, open fields, and clean campsite and picnic areas. There are toilets in several locations and a shower facility as well. The land is flat and well maintained for easy hiking, and there's a small lake on the east side of the park (immediately adjacent to Lake Geneva) to walk by. You can also fish, if you have a fishing license.

Are You a Ladybug?
Imagine hatching from an egg, eating aphids, pupating to adulthood, and flying. In the Read to Lead Book for the third week in April, the larval and pupal ladybug stages are described. Parents interested in factual information for young children will find this book attractive and appealing, with text appropriate for the age group.
Short sentences in large print are juxtaposed against colorful, close-up, watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. 
One book reviewer wrote: "This book disguises the science, not sugar-coating it, but presenting it in plain kid-speak, inviting them to enter the world of the ladybug in a humorous and engaging way. Although the book is rated at preschool level, it has hard-core insect trivia. I'd recommend it for any bug-lovers five and up, and their parents who LOVE finding read-aloud books that the whole family can laugh and learn from. "
Get ready to look for ladybugs in your backyard!


Read To Lead

The Wisconsin State Park System is teaming up with the Read to Lead program to encourage kids and 
families to read everywhere—including in the outdoors! Kids, if you are 5 to 9 years old and read 20 or more books, you can enter your name in a drawing for a Kindle Fire and other prizes.
Here's what you need to do.
  • Print out the Read to Lead checklist
  • Visit the state parks listed to find the books, or check them out anytime from a library. Some State Parks will have special programs to go along with their book. Visit Wisconsin State Parks to learn more about the parks and events.
  • Read (or have someone read to you) 20 or more books. Check them off on the list. 
  • Have your parent or guardian sign and send the form to the address on the checklist and you will be entered in the drawing for a Kindle Fire.