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Dear Student:

The Governor's Summer Reading Challenge begins with my promise that you will be rewarded greatly by accepting my challenge to read five books by September 22, 2017. Any student who has participated in the eight preceding challenges knows that it is one of the most exciting experiences imaginable. Books, after all, are written about every subject under the sun. Even fictional books will entertain you, stimulate your imagination, and expand your vocabulary. It is up to each student to choose what books to read, but rest assured that any choices will expand your learning skills.

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to grades kindergarten through sixth. Each student should read at least five books, track the progress on the tracking sheet, and have it signed by a parent or guardian before turning it into your school librarian when school resumes. The library also is a good place to find a wide variety of excellent books on every subject.

At the end of summer, we've planned a special “Fun Day” for all who have completed the Challenge. Great prizes will be awarded! I know that this will be one of the most rewarding and exciting learning experiences of your life. So, read and have fun.


  The Virgin Islands Department of Education is excited to partner with the Office of the Governor for the 9th Annual Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Challenge is a great way to keep students engaged in reading during the summer months, and is an activity the Department of Education looks forward to each year. Reading is fun! Parents, I encourage you to read to your children and allow them to read to you. Discuss the books you read this summer and let your imagination run wild. Have a great summer and Governor Mapp and I look forward to seeing you at his Big Celebration when the Challenge ends!

A small spider happily looks out from a rooftop gutter, admiring the fluffy clouds passing overhead, but the clouds he sees are RAIN clouds. What should a little creature like him do in the rain? Iguanas, bats, birds, mongooses, butterflies, and bees all give the spider good advice. But it’s too late. Down comes the rain and washes the poor spider out––down the waterspout and into a pond. What will happen to our spider? Will he survive? If he does, will he return to his old ways, or will he try something new?



This poetic and colorful book speaks to the dreamer in all of us and serves as a reminder that when searching for the best job in the world, the heart is the first place where we should look.



Malik’s mother asks him to take a bag of fruit to his grandmother’s house. On his journey, Malik recalls all that his grandmother has taught him about magnificent trees that can be found in the Virgin Islands.



Meet the amazing sea turtles of the Virgin Islands. Some can dive two thousand feet underwater, some travel thousands of miles every year, and others love to eat jellyfish. A fun and educational book filled with information about one of our favorite animals.

The book contains beautiful photos by Virgin Islands photographers.



Grace, of Grace’s Peak, loves her home above the village, above the whole island. All her trees are lush and full of ripe fruits, except for the one at the far end of her land. She hates that tree. So when the smiling, barefoot girl from the village asks Grace if she can pick fruits to sell at the market, it is from that sad, bare tree that Grace “generously” allows her to pick. Little does Grace know that the young girl’s kind, loving heart and her sweet special song will make the impossible happen, and change life at Grace’s Peak forever.



Clarice and Vincent, who live on the island of St. Croix, send a special package to their grandchildren in Florida. Can you guess what is in the box? Through the eyes of a Virgin Islands family, the author describes the culture and cuisine of the US Virgin Islands. Roots and culture are the underlying themes in B is for Benye: A Virgin Islands Historical and Cultural A-Z Book.




For more information, contact Denise Gomes at (340) 773-1095 x 7091

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