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April 17, 2012

MADISON -- Children ages five to nine are being challenged to read 20 or more nature books in a "Read to Lead in Wisconsin State Parks" program the Department of Natural Resources has launched as part of a statewide "Read to Lead" initiative.

A bipartisan team of teachers, legislators, researchers and advocates worked together to reach a consensus on ways to ensure all Wisconsin children learn to read so they can use reading to learn by the fourth grade.

The Wisconsin State Parks and environmental education programs have developed a "Read to Lead" that pairs a state park with a nature book. The weekly featured book is available on loan at the featured park. Along with the featured book, special nature programs are being held at some of the parks during their "Read to Lead" week. Kids don't have to read the book during the week it's featured, and all of the books are available through the public library.

Once a child has read, or someone has read to them, 20 or more books from the list, they are eligible to enter a drawing for a Kindle Fire or other prizes. Entries must be postmarked by January 7, 2013. Funding for the prizes is provided by The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

The department hopes campers with young children will take advantage of the books available in 49 of the state parks and read in a tent, on a log, while fishing, and when they need a quiet moment to relax.

"Read to Lead in Wisconsin State Parks" book lists are available in many state parks and by searching for "Read" on the DNR website

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Morgan - 608-267-5239

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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