As I have done for the past seven years, I held a reading game last summer in conjunction with my children's library. We covered the four states that had not been included in earlier years: Florida and Louisiana—which had not been included with the South because they have their own distinctive cultures—and Arkansas and Missouri. The many children who took part were enthusiastic and read widely.
Biographies of notable figures from these four states were included in the game. For instance, Louis Armstrong, who was from New Orleans, was the popular subject of several books. Among those that focus on his childhood an . . .
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