Connecticut launches 2021 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Attention young bookworms! The State of Connecticut has officially launched the 2021 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge Wednesday.

Governor Ned Lamont kicked off the program on Zoom, sharing his insight into his literary life, mentioning that he prefers non-fiction to fiction.

“It’s crazier and more imaginative than fiction,” Lamont said.

The theme this year is Tails and Tales.

Connecticut Acting Commissioner of Education Charlene Russell-Tucker said, “No matter what your interests are you can find a book about it in our public libraries.”

Grab a hard copy or use a digital device to access eGo, which is offered at many local public libraries.

“Be sure to check with our partners at your local public library for print and electronic access to all your summer reading selections,” said State Librarian Deborah Schander.

Kids can keep track of their completed reads by printing out the reading challenge log.

The annual statewide program has encouraged students to read books while school is out for summer for several years now.

Research indicates that children who do not read during the summer can lose reading progress made during the past school year.

More than 9,500 students read over 100,000 books during last year’s challenge. To see the top-performing schools during the 2020 summer reading challenge, click here.

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