2016 National Summer Reading Champion
U.S. National Ambassador For Young People’s Literature
Two-Time Newbery Medal Winner
When I was a kid, I lived in a small town in central Florida called Clermont. I loved all of Clermont: I loved the lakes and the hills and the small downtown. But my very favorite thing about Clermont was Cooper Memorial Library. It was an old house filled with books, and one of the librarians there, Miss Alice said to me one day that I was a “True Reader,” and because of that there was no limit on the number of books that I could check out and take home.
That library was a magical place for me – a place of possibility, safety, and promise.
My greatest hope is that each of you has the chance to feel the same way about your own library. This summer, public libraries around the country are offering summer reading programs. If you haven’t signed up yet, stop by your local library and put your name down. There will be games and prizes and all sorts of activities, but most of all, there will be stories – more stories than you can possibly imagine.
The theme this summer is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” At the library you can find books that will encourage you to stay active in the world. And getting there can be an activity, too. I used to ride my bike to the public library in the summertime. Find ways to challenge yourself and set goals at your local library.
So sign up for the summer reading program and discover the magic of your own library. Through stories, you can enter a new world and connect with others in your school, in your family, and across the country who are also reading. And when someone asks you what you did with your summer, you can proudly show them your reading log and tell them all about the great stories you experienced and all the heroes you met.
Check out Kate DiCamillo’s Top 10 Reasons to read this summer! To download the 8 x 11 flyer please click on the image.
Check out Kate DiCamillo’s Top 10 Reasons to read this summer! To download the 11 x 17 flyer please click on the image.
To download the comic, Incandesto, created exclusively for CSLP members by Kate DiCamillo please go to the Proprietary Downloads section of the website after you login.