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Naperville READS 2017 Mysteries: Whodunit? Read to Find Out!

The 2017 Naperville READS community-wide reading initiative will feature 6 Middle Grade authors. This year's theme is Whodunit?  Read to Find Out!   Author presentations and other activities tied to the city-wide reading program will explore mysteries, both fiction and non-fiction. 

A public event for the entire community featuring all six of the 2017 Naperville READS authors and will be held on Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. This free event is open to the public.  For more information, see the FREE EVENING EVENTS PAGE.
Educators are also invited to another event on Wednesday, December 6 at 5:30 pm., at Wentz Concert Hall.  Since this exclusive hour-long event with the visiting authors is geared toward teachers, 1 PD Hour will be awarded for attending this session. Educators who remain for the main presentation are eligible for 1 additional PD Hour. This free event is open to all educators. For more information, see the FREE EVENING EVENTS PAGE.

Six authors will make up two different panels that will visit area middle grade readers. In addition to the evening community programs on Wednesday, December 6, children in middle schools will meet a panel of authors as they visit schools in both Naperville School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204 on Tuesday, December 5 through Thursday, December 7.

Naperville READS 2017 has an exceptional line-up of authors:

    • Chris Grabenstein, author of Mr. Lemoncello's Library series (Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race; Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics, and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library)
    • Wendelin Van Draanen, author of The Sammy Keyes Series
    • Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of many series including: Children of Refuge, Children of Exile, In Over Their Heads, Under Their Skin, Found, The House on the Gulf. Among the Hidden
    • Dick Lehr, author of Trell
    • James R. Hannibal, author of The Lost Property Office and The Fourth Ruby
    • Beth McMullen, author of Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls

Naperville READS 2017 is a partnership between Jumping Off the Page, Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204, in addition to our featured publishers: Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. The annual Naperville READS project is partially supported by a grant from the City of Naperville.  

Past Naperville READS authors have included: Gary Paulsen, Pete Hamill, Jerry Spinelli, Kevin Henkes, Tracy Chevalier, Yann Martel, Rebecca Skloot, Katherine Hannigan, Kate DiCamillo, Joseph Bruchac, Greg Mortenson, Lisa See, Brian Selznick and Daniel Pink.

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Naperville READS is partially funded by a SECA grant from the City of Naperville.
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