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Naperville READS Returns with Celebrated Children's Authors & Illustrators

The 2016 Naperville READS community-wide reading initiative will feature 13 children’s authors and illustrators. This year's theme is United Through Stories…What’s Yours? Presentations and other activities tied to the city-wide program will explore that general concept. 

Educators are invited to an event on Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30 pm., at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 East Chicago Avenue on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. This exclusive hour-long event with the visiting authors and illustrators 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. It is free. All educators are welcome to attend. For more information, see the FREE EVENING EVENTS PAGE.

In addition, a public event for the community featuring 13 of the 2016 Naperville READS authors and illustrators will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. also at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. This event is free and open to the public.

A total of 13 authors and illustrators make up an incredible panel of talent for area young readers. In addition to the centerpiece programs on Wednesday, December 7, children in local schools will get a chance to meet the authors as they visit schools Tuesday, December 6th through Thursday, December 8. All first and second grade students in both Naperville School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204 are taking part in these very special events. An author and illustrator pair will visit each school.

Naperville READS 2016 has an exceptional line-up, and students will be delighted to meet: Bethany Hegedus (Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story), Dean Robbins (Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass), Miranda Paul (Whose Hands are These?: A Community Helper Guessing Book), Tonya Bolden (Beautiful Moon), Matt de la Pena (Last Stop on Market Street), Kathryn Otoshi (Beautiful Hands), Ruth Chan (Mervin the Sloth is about to Do the Best Thing in the World), Christian Robinson (School’s First Day of School), Duncan Tonatiuh (The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes), Selina Alko (The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage), E. B. Lewis (Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis), W. Nikola-Lisa (Bein’ With You this Way), Sally Walker (Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown).

NapervilleREADS 2016 is a partnership between Jumping Off the Page, Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204, Naperville Public Library and Aurora Public Library in addition to our featured publishers: Abrams, Blue Dot Press, Harper Collins, Macmillan, Millbrook Press, Nancy Paulsen, Penguin/Random House, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster. The 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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