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2021 Little Read: Second Graders Read A Map Into the World by Kao Kalia Yang

Picture of student work for The Little Read from Mrs. Matthew's Class

Each year, Lenoir-Rhyne University sponsors The Little Read for one grade level in several local school school systems, including Catawba County Schools. As part of The Little Read, all students in the chosen grade level receive a copy of a book that they study in their classrooms, participate in art and literature contests related to the book, enjoy a visit from the author, and watch a dramatized version of the book presented by the Lenoir-Rhyne Playmakers.

Little Read Bulletin Board with student work from Mrs. Rhoney's class

This year second graders in Catawba County, Hickory, Newton-Conover, and Alexander County participated in The Little Read and received the book A Map Into the World by Kao Kalia Yang.  Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong author, and students learned about Hmong culture as they studied her book. The book also focuses on changing the world through kindness, and our students discussed ways they could make our world a better place through their own acts of kindness. 

Our second grade teachers, Jill Matthews and Stacey Rhoney, along with our Media Coordinator, Lee Ann Perry, provided students with a variety of learning activities related to the book, including a special treat of Hmong egg rolls from local food truck, Munchie's Paradise, and a virtual visit with the author. 

All of our second graders submitted writing and art pieces for The Little Read Art & Literature contests.  Our Banoak winners were as follows: 

Literature Winners:
First Place: Nathan B.
Second Place: Megan R. 
Third Place: Emily R.

Art Winners: 
Kyndell P.
Colin M. 
Michael S.

Screenshot of Banoak Little Read Art & Literature Winners


Congratulations to these students! Their work is on display virtually as part of the Arts & Literature Gallery of Lenoir-Rhyne's Little Read website.