Summer Reading 2017


Bookmarks announced the winners of their 2017 Summer Reading Program on Saturday, September 9 at Saturday’s Opening Ceremony in Winston Square Park on their third day of their Festival of Books and Authors. K–12 students across North Carolina were invited to participate with written, visual, and video responses to books on Bookmarks Summer Reading list, which included North Carolina standard reading lists, Battle of the Books lists, American Library Association winners and, of course, 2017 featured Bookmarks’ Festival authors.  

“Participation in our Summer Reading Program is growing each year,” said Rachel Kuhn Stinehelfer, Education and Program Specialist for Bookmarks. “This year, we received contributions from 29 schools and 9 counties across North Carolina. One of the important things about this program is that it keeps students reading during the summer, which is essential for success in school.”  

The winners are broken into three age groups:  K–2, 3–5, and Middle and High School and three categories:  visual (arts), written (letters), and video. A new award was given this year, Best In Show, for the best entry overall. Elementary aged students won Bookmarks’ gift certificates, middle and high school received monetary prizes, and Whitaker Elementary School, as the school that had the most participants in the program, received five signed books by 2017 Festival authors for their library.

2017 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize Best in Show

Aryaman Shukla – Brunson Elementary School

2017 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in the Arts 

Kindergarten–2nd grade  

1st Place: Sydney Stevens – Arts Based School

2nd Place: Hattie Boone – Whitaker Elementary School

Grades 3–5

1st Place: Luscinda Dickey – homeschool student

2nd Place: Ada Farmer – Brunson Elementary School

Middle School and High School

1st Place: Debra Mullis – Reagan High School

2017 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in Letters 

Kindergarten–2nd grade  

1st Place: Harper Webb – Arts Based School

2nd Place: Natalie Byrd – Konnoak Elementary School

Grades 3–5

1st Place: Keegan Brown – Whitaker Elementary School

2nd Place: Abigale Swartzlander – Piney Grove Elementary School

Middle School and High School

1st Place was a tie: Daniel Skorstad – Downtown School, and Emma Kate Halstead – homeschool student

2017 Bookmarks Summer Reading Prize in Video

1st Place: Molly Boyer – Carroll Middle School

2nd Place: Sadie Filipowski – Summit School

Click here to download the complete 2017 summer reading brochure.

Bookmarks summer reading flyer

Download reading lists: Pre-K  +  K-2nd Grade and Grades 3-5  +  Middle School and High School

Order books: Pre-K  +  K-2nd Grade  +  Grades 3-5  +  Middle School  +  High School

Additional downloads:  Rules & Regulations +  Reglas y regulaciones  +  Waiver Form


2017 Author Biographies

Click here for biographies, website, and social media information for the Summer Reading Authors who will be attending our 2017 Festival of Books and Authors!  

Thank you to the following organizations and businesses for their support!

YMCA of Northwest North Carolina  +  The Winston-Salem Dash  +  Fidelity Investments  +  Hispanic League  +  Forsyth Family/Forsyth Woman  +  Piedmont Parent  +  The Winston-Salem Journal  +  Arts for Art’s Sake (AFAS)  +  Coffee Park ARTS  +  Domino’s Pizza  +  Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts  +  Glenn McNairy Branch at the Greensboro Public Library  +  Wake Forest Innovation Quarter