Building Better Readers

In Partnership with the Vergennes Rotary Club The Bixby is proud to run our Building Better Readers Contest, formerly called Booked For Bikes, as a part of our Build a Better World Summer Series of Events.

Children age 4 to grade 8 (based on which grade student will be in this September), are encouraged to participate. They may fill out an official entry form for each book read this summer and drop off at the library or they can enter the contest online.  Official forms are available here or at the library.   Children will be asked to write 3-4 sentences about the book they have read.  Parents may help their child fill this in and should help children complete the online entry form as we will need parents/guardians contact info.  Books may be from home, the library, or school, the source does not matter.  All entries must be delivered to the Bixby or filled out online by Monday, August 21st at 3pm.  The drawing will be held on Vergennes Day at the City Park on Saturday, August 26th at 1:15 at the bandstand.  You need not be present to win. Prizes include a New Bike, 4 Kindle Fire HD7s, 1 Kindle Fire HDX8, a Shear Cuts Manicure, a Shear Cuts Haircut, Pizza at Luigis (1 Large & 1 Medium), Amazon Gift Card, Barnes and Noble Gift Card, Fly Pig Book Shop Gift Card and Vermont Book Shop Gift Card. Every book you read increases your chances so get READING!

Here are some great options:

In The Drawing Lesson, you’ll meet David—a young boy who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. Luckily for David, he’s just met Becky—his helpful drawing mentor. Page by page, Becky teaches David (and you!) about the essential fundamentals that artists need in order to master drawing, all in a unique visual format. In panel after panel, Crilley provides lessons on shading, negative space, creating compositions, and more, with accompanying exercises that you can try for yourself. Are you ready to start your drawing lesson today?





Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard. Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children. Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home—and they understand him. The children are afraid of the howling wind, but not of Teddy’s words. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan . . . only now his owner is gone. As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan. What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost?




Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can’t distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.






The day Grace is called from the slave cabins to work in the Big House, Mama makes her promise to keep her eyes down. Uncle Jim warns her to keep her thoughts tucked private in her mind or they could bring a whole lot of trouble and pain. But the more Grace sees of the heartless Master and hateful Missus, the more a rightiness voice clamors in her head-asking how come white folks can own other people, sell them on the auction block, and separate families forever. When that voice escapes without warning, it sets off a terrible chain of events that prove Uncle Jim’s words true. Suddenly, Grace and her family must flee deep into the woods, where they brave deadly animals, slave patrollers, and the uncertainty of ever finding freedom.




Claire’s life is a joke . . . but she’s not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she’s dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there’s a boy, Ryder, who’s just as bad, if not worse. And at home, nobody’s really listening to her — if anything, they seem to be more in on the joke than she is.

Then into all of this (not-very-funny-to-Claire) comedy comes something intense and tragic — while her dad is talking to her at the kitchen table, he falls over with a medical emergency. Suddenly the joke has become very serious — and the only way Claire, her family, and her friends are going to get through it is if they can find a way to make it funny again.