Kids in Illinois Public Media's Book Mentor project found out that it's okay to dig in dirt if you're a dirt detective. Book mentors visited classrooms to help students examine soil with a magnifying glass and to read aloud the book Wonderful Worms to the children. The students also watched a video clip of Sid the Science Kid, who learned with the children that dirt is important because it helps things grow.
Illinois Public Media's Book Mentor Project gets kids excited about reading, and puts books into the hands of families who otherwise might not have access to books at home. The project recruits and trains volunteers come from local businesses, community service organizations, student associations and parent groups.