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Boys & Reading: Our Challenge

Studies show a continuing decline in boys reading. Though boys initially are excited to learn to read in school, they drop off as readers as they age. They are significantly behind girls of the same age.

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Winners Announced for Our First Writing Contest

Nightlight Reading is pleased to announce our First Annual Short Story Contest winners!

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Announcing 2nd Annual Nightlight Reading Short Story Contest

This year's theme is MYSTERY. Do you have a story to tell? Learn more about this year's writing contest!

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The Aha Moment: The Spark That Ignites in a Beginning Reader

As I stood in the tutoring program library with my student, Hunter, a sweet second grade boy, he needed some coaxing to find a book to read. He just didn ‘t see anything appealing.  At least not until we hit the row of books with the Captain Underpants series. After several weeks of pushing and pulling him through other books that he wasn’ t enjoying, I was relieved that he found something mildly interesting.

As he sat and read aloud, I felt

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2nd Annual Nightlight Reading Short Story Contest


The mission of Nightlight Reading is to encourage the creation of literature that will motivate and engage at-risk boys to read. 

Dates & Deadlines

Submissions deadline: EXTENDED! April 30, 2017

Our Reading Audience

At-risk boys, ages 10‐12



Rules & Regulations

5,000 words, double-spaced, 1 inch margin, 12pt font

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