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Little Red Readers 2021-2022

Little Red Readers is a program designed to foster a sense of community throughout the district and establish our varsity student-athletes as mentors for younger students.

Research indicates that youth who can identify a positive role model in their lives have higher grades and self-esteem than those who can’t, particularly when the youth knows their role model on a personal level. Studies also show that when youth can identify positive role models within their family or school, they are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices regarding nutrition and exercise.

In the Little Red Readers program, ICSD varsity student-athletes make connections with younger students through weekly book readings. Every other Friday, a new "Mystery Reader" records themselves reading a favorite childhood book, and the recording is shared with students at all eight of our elementary schools the following Monday. In addition to the reading, each student-athlete also shares a handful of fun facts about themselves, creating more meaningful connections for the younger students.

Mystery Readers are encouraged to choose books that promote anti-racism, inclusion, and equity, like Anti-Racist Baby by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi or All Are Welcome Here by Alexandra Penfold, and some will read in languages other than English.
 
 
Week of June 6
Nicole and Jemma

Our Class is a Family
by Shannon Olsen
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Little Red Readers - Nicole and Jemma
Week of May 23
Ainslie and Gabriella

The Day You Begin
by Jacqueline Woodson
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Little Red Readers - Ainslie and Gabriella
Week of May 9
Elodie Fey

Change Sings
by Amanda Gorman
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Little Red Readers - Elodie Fey
Week of May 9
Aya Oulida

In My Mosque
by M. O. Yuksel
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Little Red Readers - Aya Oulida
Week of April 25
Will Holmes

The Proudest Blue
by Ibtihaj Muhammad
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Little Red Readers - Will Holmes
Week of April 25
River Toffolo

Keep Walking
by W.S. Mason
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Little Red Readers - River Toffolo
Week of April 11
Aysia Louis

Ambitious Girl
by Meena Harris
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Little Red Readers - Girls Basketball
Week of March 28
Xuyan & David

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners
by Joanna Ho
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Little Red Readers - Xuyan Dong and David Guan
Week of March 14
Mia and Sophia

The Boy with the Rainbow Heart
by W.S. Mason
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Little Red Readers - Girls Basketball
Week of February 28
Julia Blakeslee

The World Needs More Purple People 
by Benjamin Hart & Kristen Bell
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Little Red Readers - Julia Blakeslee
Week of February 14
Oche Onah

Skin Like Mine
by Latashia M. Perry
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Little Red Readers - Oche Onah
Week of January 31
Crosby & Alice

We Are the Water Protectors
by Carole Lindstrom
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Little Red Readers - Crosby Woods & Alice Burke
Week of January 31
Aitan & Laila

Jabari Jumps
by Gaia Cornwall
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Little Red Readers - Cross Country
Week of January 17
Eli Simons

Dot
by Peter H. Reynolds
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Little Red Readers - Eli Simons
Week of January 3
Lila Travers

I've Loved You Since Forever
by Hoda Kotb
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Little Red Readers - Lila Travers