Matt Tavares Steps Up to the Summer Reading Plate
Matt Tavares is a talented author and illustrator. He's also the man responsible for this year's summer reading graphics! Matt grew up surrounded by books and reading. He rediscovered his love for picture books while a studio art major at Bates College. For his senior project, Matt wrote and illustrated a story called Sebastian's Ball, about a boy who caught a magic foul ball at a Boston Red Sox game. Three years later, after much revision, that project became Zachary's Ball, Matt's first published picture book. Since then, Matt has written and illustrated several award-winning picture books, mostly about sports. That's why he's such a perfect match for our program this year! On Your Mark, Get Set, READ some of Matt's books!
Becoming Babe Ruth (2013)
Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin (2016)
Growing Up Pedro (2015)
Henry Aaron's Dream (2010)
Oliver's Game (2004)
Zachary's Ball (2000)
Summer Reading 2016
Everyone's a winner during this year's sports/fitness-themed summer reading program! On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! is our children's summer reading program for birth through rising sixth grade. (Make sure you watch the official commercial, starring Mr Justin and Miss Anna Beth and featuring the vocal talents of Mr Steve.) Get in the Game -- READ! is our teen summer reading program for rising seventh through twelfth grade.
Registration begins Monday, May 23, 2016 and continues through July 18, 2016. To sign up, simply stop by a Kid Zone or Teen Spot desk. We ask a couple of questions for our stats (grade, name of school), then we hand you a bag of fun free stuff. The most important thing you'll find in your bag is your reading log. Every time you finish a book this summer, add the title to your log. You'll also want to write down the number of pages in each book. That's because you earn a ticket for every 100 pages! These tickets can be exchanged for prizes in our Prize Locker, which opens Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Prizes cost 2, 5, 10, or 15 tickets. Teens can also use their tickets to enter into drawings for larger prizes. Check the summer reading display by the teen desk for specifics. Children also have a chance to win something big! Every child who reaches 500 pages will have their name entered into a drawing for a bicycle! Important thing to remember in all the excitement -- summer reading is not a race to see who reads the most or the fastest. Read for fun and set a reading goal that's right for YOU! The final day to redeem your tickets is August 3, 2016.
If you need help finding amazing books this summer, make sure you take a look at our official summer reading lists. They are filled with our favorite fiction titles about playing sports and having fun. I'll link to them at the end of this blog, but they are also always available in the Downloads sections of both the Kid Zone and Teen Spot webpages. If you love nonfiction books, stay tuned to the blog all summer long for our Train Your Brain series. For a sneak peek at some of the titles on the lists, watch our Summer Reading 2016 books trailer.
- Summer Reading 2016 Preschool - Second Grade
- Summer Reading 2016 Third - Sixth Grade
- Summer Reading 2016 Seventh - Twelfth Grade
Author Kate DiCamillo thinks you should sign up for Summer Reading, too! Click here to learn more.