This summer’s “Reading Ambassadors” are coming from the Governor’s Mansion June 17, 2015 – Posted in: Content, Reading / Literacy


School’s out, summer is here and it’s “summer slide” prevention time.

One of the more prominent offerings comes from Scholastic who has signed on forty-four U.S. Governors’ Spouses, along with the Governors of Colorado, Vermont and the U.S. territories Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands to act as “Reading Ambassadors” for the 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

The free Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge encourages kids worldwide to log the minutes they spend reading in order to unlock original stories written by favorite children’s authors, earn rewards, and help set a new world record for summer reading, with the goal of topping the 304,749,681 minutes read in summer 2014. The program motivates children to keep reading all summer in order to avoid the “summer slide” — learning losses which can occur when school is not in session.


Teachers, schools and families can register their children in grades K—8 and access free summer reading resources at


And here are our governor’s and first ladies who stepped up to the plate for this worthy cause:

  • Alabama – First Lady Dianne Bentley
  • Alaska – First Lady Donna Walker
  • Arizona – First Lady Angela Ducey
  • Arkansas – First Lady Susan Hutchinson
  • Colorado – Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Connecticut – First Lady Cathy Malloy
  • Delaware – First Lady Carla Markell
  • Florida – First Lady Ann Scott
  • Georgia – First Lady Sandra Deal
  • Guam – First Lady Christine Calvo
  • Hawaii – First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige
  • Idaho – First Lady Lori Otter
  • Illinois – First Lady Diana Rauner
  • Indiana – First Lady Karen Pence
  • Iowa – First Lady Christine Branstad
  • Kansas – First Lady Mary Brownback
  • Kentucky – First Lady Jane Beshear
  • Louisiana – First Lady Supriya Jindal
  • Maine – First Lady Ann LePage
  • Maryland – First Lady Yumi Hogan
  • Massachusetts – First Lady Lauren Baker
  • Michigan – First Lady Sue Snyder
  • Mississippi – First Lady Deborah Bryant
  • Missouri – First Lady Georganne Nixon
  • Montana – First Lady Lisa Bullock
  • Nebraska – First Lady Susanne Shore
  • Nevada – First Lady Kathleen Sandoval
  • New Hampshire – First Gentleman Thomas Hassan
  • New Jersey – First Lady Mary Pat Christie
  • New Mexico – First Gentleman Chuck Franco
  • North Carolina – First Lady Ann McCrory
  • North Dakota – First Lady Betsy Dalrymple
  • Northern Mariana Islands – Governor Eloy Inos
  • Ohio – First Lady Karen Kasich
  • Oklahoma – First Gentleman Wade Christensen
  • Pennsylvania – First Lady Frances Wolf
  • Rhode Island – First Gentleman Andy Moffit
  • South Carolina – First Gentleman Michael Haley
  • South Dakota – First Lady Linda Daugaard
  • Tennessee – First Lady Crissy Haslam
  • U.S. Virgin Islands – Governor Kenneth E. Mapp
  • Utah – First Lady Jeanette Herbert
  • Vermont – Governor Peter Shumlin
  • Virginia – First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe
  • Washington – First Lady Trudi Inslee
  • West Virginia – First Lady Joanne Tomblin
  • Wisconsin – First Lady Tonette Walker
  • Wyoming – First Lady Carol Mead

Full press release

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