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Lambda Literary Award Winning Author Next in Anti-Hate Summer Reading Program

by The Jewish Federation of Reading

Lambda Literary Award Winning Author Next in Anti-Hate Summer Reading Program

The Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks in partnership with Exeter Community Library and Bring the Change announce the second program in the brand new summer reading program focused on anti-hate. The Anti-hate Summer Reading Program is a diverse community reading and discussion groups for tweens, teens and adults to define and fight hate and racism and create meaningful positive change in Berks County. Our goal is to prepare participants to combat, counter and decrease hate by expanding their reading horizons through diverse and thought-provoking literature. The public is invited to virtual discussions throughout the summer.

The Anti-Hate Summer Reading Program is funded by a $10,000 grant from the Berks County Community Foundation “You Are Here” grant cycle and is a partnership of Jewish Federation of Reading/Berks, Exeter Community Library and Bring the Change.

Teens and adults are invited to join Mike Curato, author of “Flamer”, winner of the 2021 LGBTQ Young Adult Lambda Literary Award on Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Registration can be found on the Federation and Exeter Community Library websites. In “Flamer”, it’s the summer between middle school and high school, and Aiden Navarro is away at camp. Everyone’s going through changes―but for Aiden, the stakes feel higher. As he navigates friendships, deals with bullies, and spends time with Elias (a boy he can’t stop thinking about), he finds himself on a path of self-discovery and acceptance. Recommended reading age 14+ or with adult guidance.

Mike Curato, is the author and illustrator of everyone’s favorite polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot. His debut title, Little Elliot, Big City, released in 2014 to critical acclaim, has won several awards, and has been translated into over ten languages. There are now five books in the Little Elliot series, including Little Elliot, Big Family; Little Elliot, Big Fun; Little Elliot, Fall Friends; and Merry Christmas, Little Elliot. Meanwhile, Mike had the pleasure of illustrating What If… by Samantha Berger, All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, The Power of One written by Trudy Ludwig, and contributed to What’s Your Favorite Color? by Eric Carle and Friends, Sunny Day: A Celebration of the Sesame Street Theme Song, and Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love. Publishers Weekly named Mike a “Fall 2014 Flying Start.” In the same year he won the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Founder’s Award. In 2021, Mike’s debut young adult graphic novel, Flamer, was awarded a 2021 Golden Kite Award Honor for Illustrated Book for Older Readers by The Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

Copies of all the books including e-books and audiobooks are available from the Berks County Public Libraries. All events are free and open to the public. Our goal is to create community conversations about diversity within Berks County through award-winning modern literature.

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