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.
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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.