PROGRAM: Student Reader Day

Presented by:
Humanities Tennessee
Local Partner: K-12 Institutions Subject: K-12 Education, Literacy, Varies Audience: Educators, K-12, Young Adult, Youth/Teen

The Student Reader Day program brings writers together with young readers with the goal of offering great literature, critical thinking, and discussion opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school classrooms across the state. Authors are matched with schools (or invited to a community wide students only event), free of charge, for unique presentations and to encourage connections between reader and author. This connection underscores the importance of literacy and literature in a young person’s life and encourages young people to read for pleasure and personal growth. When possible, students participating in the events are given a free copy of the visiting author’s book to encourage further reading and discussion.

Authors who have participated in past Student Reader Day events include:

  • Tom Angleberger (The Strange Case of Origami Yoda)
  • Paolo Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker)
  • Kelly Barnhill (The Mostly True Story of Jack)
  • Tracy Barrett (Dark of the Moon)
  • Gitty Daneshvari (School of Fear)
  • Matt de la Peña (The Living)
  • Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)
  • Karen Joy Fowler (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves)
  • Helen Hemphill (The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones)
  • Silas House (Same Sun Here)
  • Stephan Pastis (Timmy Failure series)