Dylan, 5, is a kindergarten student at Glennwood Elementary School (City Schools of Decatur). Even at a young age, he read more books than any other participant in the reading challenge we hosted last summer! Dylan’s mom, Angie, told us:
“Dylan enjoys reading books. He has developed a curiosity for learning to read, anticipating the plot, and admiring the pictures that tells a vivid story. He takes great pride in knowing that he can read me books just like I read to him. I keep baskets of books around the house to arouse and feed his inquisitiveness for adventurous learning. We purchased books online, at bookstores, and garage sales and checked out books at the library. We also logged in to use the digital books on the Get Georgia reading website [through myONreader]. Our entire family are avid readers. We are very proud of Dylan.”
We talked to Dylan about his love for reading, his favorite books, and his advice for his fellow students.
Educating Georgia’s Future: What types of books did you read this summer – and why did you choose to participate in the GaDOE Summer Reading Challenge?
Dylan Smith: I read books about silly stories, animals, trains, fairy tales, and trucks. I like reading.
EGF: How did you feel when you found out you’d won the GaDOE Summer Reading Challenge?
DS: I felt good! I liked the sandwiches [Subway]. I like my train set and movies [Target] and my books [Amazon].
EGF: What are your favorite books?
DS: Some of my favorite books are The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges, Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, Drat That Fat Cat by Pat Thomson, Barney’s 5 Senses by Margie Larsen, Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr., Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley, all of Karen Wilson’s books – Bear Says Thanks, and The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat.
EGF: What would you tell other kids about why they should read during the summer?
DS: Reading is fun.
Congratulations again to Dylan! Find literacy resources here. And stay tuned for an announcement about our 2017 summer reading initiatives!