GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Talon Devault, 3 (left), and 4-year-old Cias Banister buddy up to Col. Jim Saenz, commander of the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, as he reads a story during "Bedtime Stories" at Grafenwoehr Elementary School, here, March 7.

The event brought more than 100 pajama-clad children and their parents to an evening of storytelling in conjunction with the national event "Read Across America Day."

Senior leaders, Soldiers from the 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion and community volunteers engaged children and their stuffed-animal sidekicks with imaginative stories during the hourlong family-friendly event.