HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont, Connecticut Acting Commissioner of Education Charlene Russell-Tucker, and Connecticut State Librarian Deborah Schander today announced the launch of the 2021 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge – an annual, statewide program encouraging students to read books during the summer months. This year’s theme is “Tails & Tales.”
“Research indicates that children who do not read during the summer can lose reading progress made during the past school year,” Governor Lamont said. “We want to encourage all students to read, learn, and have fun with books during the summer months.”
“Building confident and proficient readers will put our students on the path to become productive, engaged lifelong learners,” Acting Commissioner Russell-Tucker said. “Congratulations to the 2020 top-performing schools and students. We love to see so many young people putting in the extra work to continue learning and growing over the summer months.”
“Summer is the perfect time for students to explore their personal reading interests and build upon the topics and ideas they encountered during the school year,” Schander said. “As you make your book selections for the summer, we hope you’ll take advantage of the many free resources available to Connecticut students, including the State Library’s eGo eBook platform and your local public libraries.”
Coordinated by the Connecticut State Department of Education in cooperation with the Connecticut State Library, the challenge is a statewide competition for schools based on student population and grade level.