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Students cheer for books in Naperville READS pep rallies

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  • Fourth-grader Adam Read hoists the book "Zombie Chasers #5: Nothing Left to Ooze" on Wednesday as he introduces the book's author, John Kloepfer. Authors Tom Watson and Jenny Lee also presented at May Watts Elementary School in Naperville, where the authors led a pep rally-style assembly as part of the 13th annual Naperville READS program.

       Fourth-grader Adam Read hoists the book "Zombie Chasers #5: Nothing Left to Ooze" on Wednesday as he introduces the book's author, John Kloepfer. Authors Tom Watson and Jenny Lee also presented at May Watts Elementary School in Naperville, where the authors led a pep rally-style assembly as part of the 13th annual Naperville READS program.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Author Tom Watson asks questions Wednesday of fourth- and fifth-grade students from May Watts and Steck elementary schools in Indian Prairie District 204 who gathered for a pep rally-style celebration of reading as part of Naperville READS. This year's program brought 12 children's authors to Naperville schools in groups of three.

       Author Tom Watson asks questions Wednesday of fourth- and fifth-grade students from May Watts and Steck elementary schools in Indian Prairie District 204 who gathered for a pep rally-style celebration of reading as part of Naperville READS. This year's program brought 12 children's authors to Naperville schools in groups of three.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Author Jenny Lee discusses her book "Elvis and the Underdogs" on Wednesday during a Naperville READS assembly for fourth- and fifth-grade students from May Watts and Steck elementary schools in Indian Prairie Unit District 204.

       Author Jenny Lee discusses her book "Elvis and the Underdogs" on Wednesday during a Naperville READS assembly for fourth- and fifth-grade students from May Watts and Steck elementary schools in Indian Prairie Unit District 204.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

 
 

Pep rallies about reading came to several Naperville-area elementary schools Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the 13th annual Naperville READS program, which this year is highlighting 12 children's authors.

Students from May Watts and Steck elementary schools in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 heard Wednesday from authors Tom Watson, Jenny Lee and John Kloepfer during a presentation in which students were divided into teams rooting for different books.

The authors make up one of four groups of writers visiting schools in District 204 and Naperville Unit District 203 through the HarperCollins Class Acts program.

At Wednesday's assembly at May Watts school, Watson served as master of ceremonies, while students cheered either for Lee's book "Elvis and the Underdogs" or Kloepfer's book "Zombie Chasers #5: Nothing Left to Ooze."

Naperville READS continues Thursday with more elementary school presentations and a free evening event for people of all ages at 7 p.m. at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. People can meet Kloepfer, Lee and Watson at Thursday's event, as well as authors Kevin Emerson, Soman Chainani and Chris Rylander, who wrote other books being featured during the 13th annual event run by Anderson's Bookshop.

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