Books, reading take center stage |

Books, reading take center stage

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A week of reminders to bring books, comfortable clothes and blankets, ended with a festive day where students settled in for serious, hard-nosed reading.

Students at Zephyr Cove Elementary School enjoyed their first We Love Reading Day — an entire school day dedicated to reading for youth literacy promotion.

John Soderman, superintendent of Douglas County School District, was the guest reader who shared “The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash” and “Porcupining” to a group of students clad in red for Valentine’s Day.

“I don’t think there is a trick,” said Soderman about reading to children. “Just get into it and read it like you want it to be read.”

Zephyr Cove, which recently received high marks in a national test on core subjects including reading and language arts, uses plenty of resources for reading such as after school reading sessions and lunchtime reading.

Second-grader Anders Chaplin brought “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” to read for the “second time alone.”

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“It’s exciting and it’s scary and funny and sad,” Anders said in describing reading in general. “You don’t know what to expect unless you read the book.”