Wilton Reads 2019

Wilton Public Schools is very proud to partner with the Wilton Library on the Community Reads program. The shared reading of one book is a conversation starter and a vehicle that drives deeper thinking and empathy for the author and their struggles.  Most importantly, reading a common book provides a perfect springboard for a community-wide, intergenerational conversation that will enrich all of us - young and old.  

The selected title, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris,  is based on a true story of courage, optimism, love, and survival during the Holocaust.  It is a story that tells about the best of humanity during the worst of times. In this heart-warming, thematically rich book, the protagonist states that “each day you wake up is a good day”.   The Wilton Library has extensive programming planned - refer to their Wilton Reads 2019 Landing Page for Details.

Our entire school community is involved in the community conversation on this important topic with age-appropriate titles, booklists and programming at each of our schools.  Please refer to both the Wilton Library events and the school-based events to share this experience with your children.

Click on each school to see events planned for that school.

Miller-Driscoll School

Dr Seuss The Sneetches Book Cover

The Sneetches
by Dr Seuss

The Sneetches got really quite smart on that day. The day they decided that Sneetches are Sneetches. And no kind of Sneetche is the best on the beaches. That day all the Sneetches forgot about stars and whether they had one, or not, upon thars.

The Sneetches is a much-loved picture book for children ages 4 and up written by Dr. Seuss in 1961 as a way to teach young children about discrimination. The lesson is timeless. The Sneetches will be read aloud to our K-2 students through their scheduled Library Learning Commons time.

Read-aloud in Library classes.
Booklists available for parents.
Tie-in with Dr. Seuss Day events.

Dates: March-April 2019

Cider Mill School

Whispering Town Book Cover

The Whispering Town
By Jennifer Elvgren

The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren, is a picture book recommended for 6-9 year-olds. Based on a true story, this book relates the courage, community and
"helpers" in a small fishing village in Nazi-occupied Denmark that ferried almost 2,000 Jewish children, women, and men to safety in Sweden. This title was a finalist in the Jewish Book
Council Award (2014)

Book Giveaway - March 14
● 300 book RAFFLE! There
will be a box in the LLC so
that if students want a
copy of The Whispering
Town, they can put their
name in the box. The
raffle will occur during the
8-day cycle which begins
on March 4th.

Community Readers - March 14-25
● Community members will
read aloud the book to all
grade levels.

Author Visit - April 4
● Jennifer Elvgren will visit
with presentation and
Q&A opportunity as a
culminating activity

Middlebrook School

Hana’s Suitcase
By Karen Levine

Yellow Star
By Jennifer Roy
“We must honor our differences while we find our own courage and our own strength the best we know how.”
Jennifer Roy, Yellow Star

At the end of the war, of the 270,000 people who were in the Ghetto in Lodz, there were about 800 survivors. Of those who survived, only twelve were children. This is the story of one of the twelve.

Book Giveaway - Week of March 14
Hana’s Suitcase OR Yellow Star Book Giveaway will include an invitation to author visit during lunch on 4/2/19.

Displays in LLC

Booklists - will include a variety of books on the topic.

Author Visit - April 2:
The author of Yellow Star, Jennifer
Roy, will be visiting Middlebrook Library Learning Commons. Students will have an opportunity to hear her speak and ask
questions during lunch.

Wilton High School

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
By Heather Morris

In this true story of courage and hope, Heather Morris tells of the best of humanity during the worst of times. In
this heart-warming, thematically rich book, the protagonist states that “each
day you wake up is a good day”. The Wilton Library has extensive programming planned. Please visit the their website for further details.

Author Visit - April 11
Heather Morris will be visiting WHS
on April 11th - scheduled as part of
our World Languages Festival
(happening that week)

Author Meet & Greet
The Author Meet & Greet will take
place at 3:00 pm in the Wilton High
School Library Learning Commons

Holocaust Survivor Stories

A collaboration with WLA - the
WHS Video Production students
are creating a documentary from
interviews with Survivors, their
children, and grandchildren.

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