Introducing: Andy Shane and the 2016 Young Readers One Book SD

Second graders in select schools around South Dakota meet the lovable, low-key hero Andy Shane this spring.

With the 2016 Young Readers One Book South Dakota program, more than 5,000 copies of a special edition are in the hands of elementary students starting in spring. The young readers, who are third graders in the fall, have the chance to meet author Jennifer Richard Jacobson at the third annual Young Readers Festival of Books.

The program marks the third year of the South Dakota Humanities Council’s Young Readers Initiative, which has expanded in 2016 thanks to partners First Bank and Trust and United Way of the Black Hills with the Rapid City Public School Foundation and the John T. Vucurevich Foundation.

The teachers and librarians who helped us select the books were especially excited about the well-developed story lines, and they felt that second- and third-graders would really enjoy the fun characters and humorous situations. The books also address a number of concepts teachers and parents can discuss with children, from rhyming words and scientific names for bugs to strategies for dealing with a bossy friend.

The special edition includes four stories in one book, featuring Andy Shane as he navigates a young boy’s challenges of life and school.

These four stories feature in the SDHC's 2016 One Readers One Book South Dakota: 

Andy Shane Pumpkin.jpgAndy Shane Egypt.jpgAndy Shane Bossy.jpgAndy Shane Barn.jpg

As a writer, teacher, educational consultant, and speaker, Jacobson is always looking for ways to connect with young readers through sharing her experiences.

“Andy Shane books are filled with events from my own childhood,” said Jacobson in an interview with Sweet on Books.

The chapter books provide an insightful and humorous look at common issues faced by young students. Jacobson received her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Lesley College and her Master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has written books for children, young adults, and education professionals.

Rapid City Public Schools and United Way are taking advantage of Jacobson’s extensive professional experience by hosting her for a half-day of staff development with select teachers and discussion leaders.

Jacobson, Jennifer Richard - latest headshot - small.jpgYoung readers can meet Jacobson in Sioux Falls on Thursday, Sept. 22, Brookings on Friday, Sept. 23, and Rapid City on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

At least 10 other Young Readers authors and illustrators join Jacobson to meet young readers and others at the Young Readers Festival, which opens the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings, Sept. 22-25.

Students from the following school districts will receive copies of the book: Brookings, Canton, Deubrook Area, Milbank, Pipestone, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Vermillion and Watertown.