The Brooke Jackman Foundation recently teamed up with The Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s BookPALS for this year’s Read Across America Day which took place on March 1st. Fatima Ptacek, the 12-year-old voice of the internationally beloved cartoon character “Dora the Explorer” joined in the celebration for a reading of Dr. Seuss and No More Por Favor last friday at the Brooke Jackman Library at PS 111 in Manhattan.

Seventy-five kindergarten students also got to participate and left with a book donated by BJF.

Erin Jackman, Executive Director of the Brooke Jackman Foundation, said,

“We want to capture the imagination and attention of children in New York and have them fall into a lifelong love of reading. Working with the SAG Foundation BookPALS to bring books to life is one dynamic, fresh way we hope to accomplish our mission.”

“Dora The Explorer” is the internationally known bilingual children’s show that has been translated into 34 languages, is broadcast in 100 countries and has brought in over a billion dollars in revenue for Nickelodeon.

Despite all this, actress Fatima Ptacek is a down-to-earth twelve-year old from Queens.

“I’m really excited to be taking part in Read Across America Day at PS 111,” said Ptacek. “As an avid reader, I think it’s so important to have this program, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my love of reading with children and give back to my community!”