North Dakota Reading Association

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South Central Reading Council hosts event with author Kari Yates- Simple Starts to foster and grow readers....

The event was attended by over 50 SCRC members at the Century High School auditorium in Bismarck.  

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  • 04 Sep 2017 9:50 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    Young Writers Project Information has been posted!  

    Head over to the Young Writers Page to check it out! 

  • 16 Aug 2017 9:02 AM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

  • 31 May 2017 5:45 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    According to the World Literacy Foundation, an estimated 67 million children still do not have access to primary school education and boys are more likely to have access than girls.

    Thus, girls are more likely to be illiterate than boys even furthering poverty in countries such as Haiti.

    Ms. Sluke, 3rd grade teacher and Mrs. Medalen, Title I Teacher at Sunnyside Elementary School in Minot worked together with Gwen Booth who volunteers for HART. 

    HARTs mission is to love, feed, clothe, medically treat, and meet the needs of people in Haiti and Africa.

    The second grade girls had a lesson on how many girls from other countries didn’t have an opportunity to go to school or learn to read. The girls learned about Haiti and what life is like for kids in Haiti. The girls were given Strong Girls - Strong World t-shirts to wear two of the threedays of the project. The class planned a Facetime call with Gwen who was in Haiti. The students prepared questions to ask the girls, who were about their same age, about life in Haiti.

    Following the Facetime, the Sunnyside girls wrote notes and made hair ties with ribbons to send along with the $100 to buy books. Gwen Booth, will follow up with pictures of the girls with their hair ties and books. The Sunnyside girls have an increased awareness of the importance of literacy, and the power they have to help girls in other countries bridge the gap of gender inequality and illiteracy. Strong Girls ~ Strong World! GIRL POWER!

                                                      Girl Power Video

  • 17 May 2017 10:06 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

  • 01 May 2017 12:39 PM | Becky Taylor (Administrator)

    The 2017 Young Writer Project winners will be announced on May 11. Please watch the webpage or your inbox for the winners.

    We are so proud of all the young talent our state holds.

  • 24 Apr 2017 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    Read about the happenings with NDRA and the local councils in the latest edition of the Prairie Reader!


  • 23 Jan 2017 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    Read the latest edition of the Prairie Reader!


  • 15 Nov 2016 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    Read the latest edition of the Prairie Reader! 

    Click on the attachment to view our latest edition of the Prairie Reader. Get updates from state NDRA leaders and local councils, along with many book reviews! See the YWP winners and get details on the project for this year. Plus, you won't want to miss the two save-the-dates...Jan Richardson is coming next summer and NDRA's 50th Anniversary Conference in 2018.


  • 25 Oct 2016 7:45 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    It is time to dust off some of those old favorite stories and get excited about FOLKTALES!
    The 2017 YWP theme is:

    From Appleseed to Zeus and Everyone in Between.

     Students in gradesK-1 will choose a folktale character from a favorite bedtime story and write about an imagined adventure they would have together.  Grades 2-3 will be writing fable sequels…..what might have happened after the original folktale was done. POKEMON GO will be part of the grade 4-5 project where students will short story from the viewpoint of a tall tale character as he/she plays POKEMON GO!
     A Day in the Life of a Mythological Character is the topic for grades 6-8 and will consist of several journal entries which document the comings and goings of this type of character as they go about their day. The high school category topic is to write an original folktale after researching Pour quoi Tales from around the world.
    All teachers who are thinking of participating in this project need to register by December 1, 2016 and must be a member of NDRA. Membership information is available at A complete packet of writing guidelines and the necessary forms are already on the website under the YWP tab.
    Winners will be announced in May of 2017. If you have any questions, please contact

  • 17 Oct 2016 7:38 PM | Dawn Bodtke (Administrator)

    Jumpstart's Read for the Record®

    Jumpstart is a national early education organization that is leveling the playing field so that all children are ready for kindergarten. We recruit volunteers and partner with preschools in under-resourced communities to help children develop the language and literacy skills they need to set them on a path for academic and lifelong success. 

    Jumpstart’s Read for the Record® was launched over a decade ago to address the educational inequities that leave too many children unprepared for kindergarten. On Thursday, October 27, 2016, children and adults will gather to read, learn, and laugh as they join together for the world’s largest shared reading experience. This 24-hour celebration builds awareness, creates impact, and raises funds to bring Jumpstart to communities across the country. 

    Join us on October 27, 2016 by reading The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach, a classic tale of a bear’s epic journey and the mystery of one delicious sandwich! 

     How Can You R-F-T-R?

    • Fundraise for the Record: Show your support for early education by making a donation
    • Take Action: Spread the word by getting your school, library, or community involved
    • Read for the Record: Read The Bear Ate Your Sandwich on October 27


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