Start: Wednesday, June 21, 2023 - 01:00 pm
End: Wednesday, June 21, 2023 - 06:00 pm

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and partnering agencies are leading a statewide Summer Reading initiative, which includes a kickoff event on Wednesday, June 21, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the Capitol Lawn in Bismarck. Area students, families, and community members are invited to attend! The event will feature several "Meet the Author" opportunities and area partners will also be on site to provide interactive and informative activities for attendees. Each student will receive a ticket that may be redeemed for a free, signed book from an author of their choice (subject to availability). Jessie Veeder will provide musical entertainment and interactive art sessions.

Confirmed guests & partners:

  • Bismarck Public Schools (Discovery Dome)
  • College SAVE (Bank of North Dakota)
  • FOMO 10/40 Creamery
  • Latidot - Scoop & Gift Shop
  • Miss Sparkles, Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library
  • North Dakota Department of Water Resources
  • North Dakota National Guard Child & Youth Program
  • North Dakota State Library
  • North Dakota's Gateway to Science
  • Parents Lead
  • Shade Tree Players
  • State Historical Society of North Dakota
  • Theo Art School

"Meet the Author"

  • Melissa Ahonen, "It's Great to Be Me: Daily Affirmations for Children;" "Aspen's Magical Mermaid Necklace"
  • Amy Baker, "Hansel Gets Rescued"
  • Joelle Bearstail, "Bear's Braid"
  • Brenda Ehrmantraut, "Night Catch"
  • Chloe Naslund, "Adoptive Love"
  • Sandy Rieker, "The Most Unlikely Pair"
  • Lindsey Undlin, "Stolen"
  • Jessie Veeder, "Prairie Princess"