A Brookfield boy is the owner of a new Kindle after receiving a top prize from the Read to Lead in Wisconsin State Parks program, according to a news release from Gov. Scott Walker.
Jeremy Field, of Brookfield, was among 10 runner-ups in the contest. Annika Isaacson, of Sauk City, won the grand prize – a Kindle Fire.
More from the governor’s news release:
From Kenosha to Superior and points in between, more than 300 children ages 5 to 9 discovered more about nature and sharpened their reading skills this past year by reading a total of 8,225 books through the Read to Lead in Wisconsin State Parks program.
The program, part of the Governor Walker’s Read to Lead initiative, paired a state park with a nature book to make a weekly reading list. Children who read or had someone read to them at least 20 of the books were eligible to be entered in a drawing for a Kindle. Winners were drawn on Jan. 11. There were 317 participants who successfully met the reading goal.
“Congratulations to all the children who participated in the program. There’s always a place for reading, whether traveling in the car, lying at the beach, or sitting around a campfire,” Governor Walker said.
State parks on the reading list had books available for campers to borrow and some offered special naturalist programs. The books were also available through local libraries.
“We encouraged young readers to read everywhere, even while camping,” said Carrie Morgan, a natural resources educator with the Department of Natural Resources, who coordinated the program with state parks.
Morgan said the most read book was “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen followed closely by “Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here?” by Lindsay Barrett George and “Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats” by Ann Earle.