West Virginia basketball will be back on the court in the coming weeks, but WVU head coach Bob Huggins will be using his voice for more than just shouting orders to his players this summer.
The West Virginia Department of Educated announced Monday that Huggins will be a Celebrity Reader for this year’s Blue Ribbon Book Club. Huggins will be reading his favorite book of the summer, “The Mouse Called Wolf” by author Dick King-Smith.
🏀 📘 We are delighted @WVUHoops Coach Bob Huggins has chosen to be a Celebrity Reader for this year's Blue Ribbon Book Club, as he introduces one of his favorite books, "The Mouse Called Wolf," by Dick King-Smith. #WVEd
— West Virginia Department of Education (@WVEducation) July 19, 2021
The Blue Ribbon Book Club, founded last year to combat children’s literacy development in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, is a collaboration by the WVDE, Marshall University’s June Harless Center and the Dollywood Foundation to provide a collection of high-quality books to first, second and third graders in West Virginia.
258,000 books will be delivered to WV children, with two books sent to every applicable WV child in June and July, along with each book being sent to educators of teachers from each grade across the state.
Huggins is joined as a celebrity reader by 2020 Miss West Virginia Katrina Kappen, WV Senator Shelley Capito, WV First Lady Cathy Justice and Marshall football head coach Charles Huff. Marshall soccer head coach Chris Grassie served as the kick-off reader for this year’s book club.