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Elephants, Zebras and READING IS MAGIC, Oh My

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MAGIC

RAINBOW

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ANGEL

   Introducing   CHAPS

MUSIC

CIRCUS

SPARKLE

FLAME

ECLIPSE

STARLIGHT

MILKY WAY

WHISTLE

FEATHER

SCOOTER

HOLLYWOOD

MOONBEAM

STARDUST

DREAMER

FIREFLY

RAIN DANCE

STORMY

PRINCESS

LACE

BLAZING STAR

SPLASH

CANDY

SUMMER

MELODY

SHADOW

HOPE

ROCKET

SILVER

MAGIC MAN'S ON DEMAND

Contact Us

Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Your donations are tax deductible. Help bring books to life for children.

Gentle Carousel Inc.

P.O. Box 1672

High Springs, FL  32655

Phone: 352-226-9009

ReadingIsMagic1@gmail.com

    Magic selected Most Heroic Pet In America. See her in AARP the Magazine.

Gentle Carousel in Woman's World magazine.

Gentle Carousel was selected a charity partner in Disney's 2010 volunteer program "Give a Day. Get a Day."

 

    What an honor and thrill to have Gentle Carousel's Sundance as a riveting character in JASON AND ELIHU.-Shelley Fraser Mickle

"Your Reading Is Magic program and volunteers are heroes every time they walk into a school or library.  Using little miniature horses to inspire young children to read is most creative.  Congratulations on your wonderful charity, spirit and service to your community."

- Bill Bennett " Former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett

 

"Reading Is Magic!

Every child you inspire to read is a life forever changed. Thank you for that and for bringing books to life...

...Reading is magic. It can take you from outer space to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Either way, the journey is magical.

 ...Wow.  Love those little horses... Great job you're doing.  I'm proud of you." 

-Homer Hickam

  "To Magic and Gentle Carousel,  Thank you for all of your work.  Helping children read is the greatest magic of all,,,"

- James Gurney,

Best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series.  Thank you for the original artwork you created for Reading Is Magic.

 

Canine movie star Benji working with Magic.

"What they are doing is just so incredible.  They are making a difference. These people are the real deal.  They are down there in the trenches doing it."

 -Joe Camp

  Film writer, producer, director, bestselling author and man behind canine superstar Benji.

"What 'Reading Is Magic' does for kids by going into schools and igniting excitement for reading a story is beyond compare.  Keep the hoofbeats going."

Carl Joseph, Author of SOME CALLED ME

"Magic and Gentle Carousel,

  Inspiring children to read is magical.You are making a difference!"

 Chris Soentpiet - Acclaimed children's book author and illustrator

Presenting a library with one of the signed posters donated by Christ Soentpiet to Reading Is Magic.

Reading Is Magic on television.

"...Thank you for all the work you do.

...Reading is Magic!"

- Linda Sue Park, Newbery Award winner

  

Author Jessica Burkhart and Magic.

Gentle Carousel,

...Always follow your dreams.  Never let anyone tell you that you can't do something.  Stay positive and stay strong.  You have the ability to make amazing things happen!" Love, Jessica Burkhart 

Author of the Canterwood Crest book series

"Keep up the wonderful work you do...   

Best, Jon " Jon Provost - Appeared as Timmy Martin on Lassie

Magic appearing on The Ilene Silverman Show.

 

"To Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic,

You are making magic everyday with each child you help..."

- Dianne Ochiltree

Magic with four-time Olympian and ten-time US Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year, Karen O'Connor.

Life in the Galloping Lane, O'Connor

 

Magic with  David O'Connor, president of the United States Equestrian Federation, Olympic gold medalist and Pan American Games and World Equestrian Games medalist.

"To Magic and Gentle Carousel-

 You have a wonderful program. Thank you for bringing joy to children... Keep reading! It is magic!"

-Anna Grossnickle Hines, author and illustrator of over 50 children's books.

 

"Reading Is Magic,

Thank you for helping children learn to read...

- Michael Storrings"

 

Many people contact Gentle Carousel and ask to come over for a visit. 

Unlike a program where people go to horses to ride, Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic takes horses inside to people .  Many of the children we visit have never touched a horse before. 

Because we work inside preschools, schools and at risk youth programs most of our visits are private.

 

Our horses do take part in special events during the year that are open to the public including our summer reading programs.

 

Reading Is Magic talking to parents about reading at the Early Steps Fall Festival.

 

 

Upcoming Public Events

Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic at Millhopper Branch Library on 2/22/11

Because we work inside hospitals, hospice programs,  schools,  assisted living programs and with abused and special needs children, most  Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horse visits are private. 

   Our horses do attend special events during the year that are open to the public.

    

 

2011 Public Events

The Secret Garden Tea Party

Bring your princess and make memories that will last a lifetime!

March 19, 2011        2:00 PM

New Century Women's Club

   40 N.W. 1st Ave High Springs, Florida  32643

  $25 for one adult and one child     $10 additional child /$15 additional adult

Limited Tickets Now On Sale

352-226-9009          www.Horse-Therapy.org

A Benefit For Gentle Carousel, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity

See our 2010 tea party An Enchanted Afternoon Fairy Princess Tea Party

Sponsored by The Friends Of Gentle Carousel

TICKETS AVAILABLE BY PAYPAL and at THE COFFEE CLUTCH (High Springs)

          

 

 

 

Book Signings

Book Gallery West  4121 Northwest 16th Blvd.  Gainesville, FL

February 13, 2011  1:00 PM

Enchanted Memories    Main Street    High Springs, FL

February 26, 2011     2:00 PM

 
 

What a great time we had at the Millhopper Library!

Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic

February  22, 2011      3:00 PM

Millhopper Branch of Alachua Library District

3145 NW 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32606
(352) 334-1272
Free Admission

 

 

Early Steps Spring Festival

Saturday, March 5, 2011  10:00am - 2:00pm

Sidney Lanier School    Gainesville. FL

Free Admission

We made many new friends at the Sidney Lanier School!

 

 

  Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic will be the special children's event at the UCF Book Festival this year.

April 16, 2011  12:00-3:00 pm

UCF Arena

University of Central Florida's main campus

Free Admission to all events

 

 

 

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ASTD 2011 International Conference and Expo

May 23-25, 2011

Orange County Convention Center

9800 International Drive

Orlando, FL

Held each spring, this premier event for workplace learning and development professionals welcomes 8,000 attendees from more than 70 countries. These professionals manage all aspects of learning in their organizations. From CEO to specialist, from dean to student, ASTD 2011 welcomes people from across the globe. Learning is a key driver in companies big and small. At ASTDís International Conference & Exposition, they typically bring Fortune 500 companies like Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Bank of America, and AT&T together to share what they are doing in learning to help grow businesses of all sizes.

 

Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic program will visit many libraries and literacy programs again this summer with new books and new surprises. Additional locations will be added soon.

 

Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic

High Springs Branch Library Summer Reading Kickoff

June 7,  2011   2:30 pm

  135 NW 1st Ave, High Springs, FL  32643

386-454-2515

Free Admission

 

 

Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic

Tower Road Branch Library Summer Reading Kickoff

June 11,  2011   11:00 am

  Keystone Heights Library

Oriole & Palmetto St.

Keystone Heights, FL  32656

352-473-4286

Free Admission

 

 

Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic

Clay County Summer Reading Kickoff

June 17,  2011  10:30 am

  Keystone Heights Library

Oriole & Palmetto St.

Keystone Heights, FL  32656

352-473-4286

Free Admission

 

 

Gentle Carousel's Reading Is Magic

at O'Leno Literacy Day

September 17, 2011

   íLeno State Park is celebrating Literacy Day with Magic and the Gentle Carousel Therapy Horses along with local authors and guest readers. There will be nature arts and crafts and games for young readers.

Free with regular park admission

  

       

Gentle Carousel Inc.

P.O. Box 1672
High Springs, Florida 32655-1672

Phone: 352-226-9009

E-mail: ReadingIsMagic1@gmail.com

 

Gentle Carousel's READING IS MAGIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Your donations are tax deductible.

There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill