Governor Lamont launches 2021 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge

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Governor Lamont launches 2021 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge

The winners of the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge rewarded

Tails and Tales, the 2021 Governor's Summer Reading Challenge

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont, Interim Connecticut Education Commissioner 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 may lose the reading progress made in the last 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 competent readers will enable our students to become productive and engaged learners throughout their lives”, Acting Commissioner Russell-Tucker said. “Kudos to the top performing schools and students of 2020. We love to see so many young people going the extra mile to keep learning and growing during the summer months. “

“Summer is a great time for students to explore their personal reading interests and build on the topics and ideas they have encountered during the school year,” Schander said. “As you make your book selections for the summer, we hope you 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 . Students have read millions of books since the program began in 1996. The Summer Reading Program also supports community initiatives run by local public libraries and recognizes “outstanding public library-school partnerships.”

Each year, the schools with the highest percentage of participating registrations and the highest number of books read by participating students at the end of the summer are recognized for their achievements.

The best performing schools were recognized today in the Governor’s 2020 Summer Reading Challenge, “Imagine Your Story,” in which 9,576 students participated and read nearly 105,000 books. The best performing schools were:

Primary schools

  • Free Kiosk School, Regional School District 12
  • Burnham School, Regional School District 12
  • Frisbie Elementary School, Wolcott Public Schools
  • Goshen Center School, Regional School District 6
  • James Morris School, Regional School District 6
  • Lee H. Kellogg, Regional School District 1
  • Warren School, Regional School District 6
  • Washington Elementary School, Regional School District 12

Intermediate schools

  • Abraham Baldwin Middle School, Guilford Public Schools
  • Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull Public Schools
  • Madison Middle School, Trumbull Public Schools
  • Tyrrell Middle School, Wolcott Public Schools
  • Westbrook Middle School, Westbrook Public Schools
  • Whisconier Middle School, Brookfield Public Schools

High schools

  • Shelton High School, Shelton Public Schools

Unique / private schools

  • Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon
  • Wamogo Regional High School – Grades 7 and 8, Regional School District 6

The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge supports community programs run by local public libraries. Many public libraries will use the READsquared reading program, which allows students to access their summer reading journals anywhere they have an internet connection (including mobile devices). Schools that coordinate with their public library may choose to have students use this online reading journal rather than a print journal. To support summer reading, the Connecticut State Library’s eGo eBook platform is now available at many local public libraries and provides access to digital resources for all ages. For a list of local public libraries currently offering eGo, visit

Student diaries, district report forms, and all other program related documents are available on the State Department of Education website.

Those with questions about the program can contact Joanne R. White, Ph.D., at [email protected].

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