We are excited to announce the 2018 Summer Reading Splash featuring author Kate DiCamillo! Please join us from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center.
A collaboration between the Austin ISD Libraries, BookPeople, and the Austin Public Library, the 2018 Summer Reading Splash will feature author panels, hands-on activities, book signings, and more. The Splash programming will focus on readers in grades 3-6, but the 5 Book Dive Summer Reading Program will continue this year for students of every age.
Keynote speaker Kate DiCamillo will open the festival. DiCamillo is the author of many books for young readers, winner of the Newbery Medal and many other honors, and a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emerita, appointed by the Library of Congress. Her books include Flora & Ulysses, The Tale of Despereaux, and Because of Winn-Dixie, among others.
Releasing in paperback on April 10, 2018, Kate DiCamillo’s recent novel Raymie Nightingaleoffers the story of three girls who come together in the face of loss and disappointment for a summer of baton twirling, miracle pursuing, and friendship. With heart and hope and plenty of gumption, Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana Elefante, and Beverly Tapinski prove exceptionally steadfast companions for adventure. Drawing from her own childhood, this is Kate DiCamillo's most personal work to date and an excellent choice for summer reading.
Mark your calendars and get ready to start summer reading with a splash!