Summer Reading Program 2016


Thank you for participating in our 2016 Summer Reading Program! 

Bookmarks' Summer Reading Program, now in its second year, helps students, parents, and teachers prepare for the annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors. The program has book lists that Elementary, Middle, and High School students read, and responded to over the summer.

K-12 students across North Carolina were invited to participate in the Summer Reading Program. Participants earned books, gift certificates and cash prizes. In addition, K-2 participants received a hard back copy of Home by Carson Ellis and 3rd-12th grade participants received two tickets to attend the closing keynote with John Grisham.  

The responses from K-12 students represented 28 schools and 5 North Carolina counties.  Rachel Kuhn Stinehelfer, the Education and Program Specialist for Bookmarks said,"The entries were superb this year, and we were pleased to see the participation double from last year." All participating students were honored on Saturday, September 10 at the Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors. 

Thanks to support from Blue Door Group of Wilkinson ERA, students in lower grades received a copy of the picture book, Home by Carson Ellis. Students in higher grades received two tickets to attend John Grisham's closing Festival event on Sunday. 
 

The winners, for elementary students, are:

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in the Arts winner
  Stuti Bansal, Clemmons Elementary School

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in the Arts second place
  Sydney Shea Stevens, Arts Based School

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in the Arts third place
  Otto Hellinger, Whitaker Elementary School

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in Letters winner
  Isabel Prado, Meadowlark Elementary    

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in Letters second place 
  Phoenix Pope, Bolton Elementary School

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in Letters third place
  Gali Reichert, Vienna Elementary School

The winners, for middle and high school students, are:

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in the Arts winner
  Kathryn Mullis, Early College of Forsyth 

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in the Arts second place
  Kadin Martin, Clemmons Middle School

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in the Arts third place
  Kristina Perdue, Hanes Middle School

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in Letters winner
  Leanna Bernish, Clemmons Middle School

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in the Letters second place
  Emma Kate Halstead, Oak Tree Classical Academy

2016 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in the Letters third place
  Jonathon Casey, Elkin Christian Academy


2016 Festival Authors whose books were part of the Summer Reading Program included: Latina middle grade author Diana López; Native American storyteller, Joseph Bruchac; two-time Newbery Award winner, Kate DiCamillo; Pout Pout Fish series creator and author, Deborah Diesen; multi-award-winning novelist, Jonathan Safron Foer; Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson; as well as award-winning and bestselling teen authors: Renee Ahdieh, Gayle Forman, Sarah J. Maas, and Victoria Schwab. For high school students, many Pulitzer prize-winning books were featured, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and historian, Alan Taylor.

In February, Bookmarks announced a new partnership with the real estate team Blue Door Group. Blue Door Group of Wilkinson ERA has served as the presenting sponsor of Bookmarks 2016 Summer Reading Program. Expanded programs were offered throughout the summer to increase students' interest in writing and reading. 

This Summer Reading Program is also presented with support from the YMCA, the Winston-Salem Arts Council, and Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words, a multifaceted public program presented by the North Carolina Humanities Council. This program highlights the way Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism, literature, and drama influence our world. The project is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council, in celebration of the 2016 Centennial of the Prizes.

 

About Blue Door Group
Cultures around the world testify to blue doors warding off evil spirits. Painted blue doors are associated with good fortune, good health, protection, and long life. They allow passage into the sanctuary of home and safety. Blue doors embody trust, loyalty, truth, and faith. The simple logo of a blue door and door post encompasses all of this and more for the Blue Door Group. 

Blue Door Group, a real estate team with Wilkinson ERA, serves the Triad area of North Carolina. Visit openthebluedoor.com for more information.
 

About Bookmarks
Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that engages, inspires, and connects readers with authors. This is achieved through the largest annual free book festival in North and South Carolina (scheduled for September 8-11, 2016); Triad-based author talks; and an Authors in Schools program, which will reach 7,000 students this year. Visit bookmarksnc.org for more information.