PROGRAM: Young Readers Initiative

Presented by:
South Dakota Humanities Council
Local Partner: K-12 Institutions Subject: K-12 Education, Literacy, Schwartz Prize Nominee, Varies Audience: K-12, Youth/Teen

The South Dakota Humanities Council Young Readers Initiative has developed into a multi-faceted, ongoing project to stop summer reading loss, connect young readers with authors, and foster a love for reading and writing.

To reach new audiences and target South Dakota’s most impressionable demographic – our youth – the South Dakota Humanities Council created Young Readers Initiative. We have a history of humanities programming in schools and libraries to target young people; however, our partners, new and old, felt a sense of urgency to create a culture that embraced reading. This urgency propelled literary programming to new heights and new audiences. It also established new partnerships, all concentrated on one goal; stopping summer reading loss in South Dakota youth.

The Young Readers selection for 2017 is “Tales from Deckawoo Drive,” a bind-in of three books in a series written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Events will take place in September coinciding with the South Dakota Festival of Books.

This program was nominated for a 2015 Schwartz Prize.
Click here to view its submission!