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Student Reader Day Program

The Student Reader Day Program brings writers together with young readers with the goal of offering great literature, critical thinking, and discussion opportunities to elementary, middle, and high school classrooms across the state. Authors are matched with schools (or invited to a community wide students only event), free of charge, for unique presentations and to encourage connections between reader and author. This connection underscores the importance of literacy and literature in a young person's life and encourages young people to read for pleasure and personal growth. When possible, students participating in Student Reader Day events are given a free copy of the visiting author's book to encourage further reading and discussion.

Authors who have participated in past Student Reader Day events include: 

  • Tom Angleberger (The Strange Case of Origami Yoda)
  • Paolo Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker)
  • Kelly Barnhill (The Mostly True Story of Jack)
  • Tracy Barrett (Dark of the Moon)
  • Gitty Daneshvari (School of Fear)
  • Matt de la Peña (The Living)
  • Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)
  • Karen Joy Fowler (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves)
  • Helen Hemphill (The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones)
  • Silas House (Same Sun Here)
  • Stephan Pastis (Timmy Failure series)
  • Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of GrayRead about Spring 2012 Student Reader Day events with Ruta Sepetys here...
  • Jon Scieszka (SPHDZ #1!)
  • Roland Smith (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Book 4: Shatterproof)
  • Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures)
  • Kristin O'Donnell Tubb (Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different)
  • Kathryn Williams (Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous)

Student Reader Day events in East and West TN occur in the spring semester. In Middle TN Student Reader Days are in October in conjunction with the Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written WordSM. Please contact if you are interested in learning how your students can participate in Student Reader Day events. 

The Student Reader Day Program is generously supported by