On May 20, Gov. Dannel Malloy kicked off this year\u2019s Governor\u2019s Summer Reading Challenge, a statewide program coordinated by the Connecticut Department of Education and Connecticut State Library since 1996. The program, which recognizes schools with the highest participation rates and the highest number of books read per student, supports community initiatives run by local public libraries and recognizes Outstanding Public Library-School Partnerships. \u201cIf we want our children to thrive in school and have a bright future, we need to cultivate an early love of reading,\u201d Malloy said in a press release. \u201cWe are making progress. Connecticut students are among the top readers in the country and our graduation rate continues to climb.\u201d Malloy said the state\u2019s summer reading program \u201ckeeps students going strong over the summer with books that ignite their imagination and develop critical reading skills.\u201d Middlebrook School was honored during the 2014 Governor\u2019s Summer Reading Challenge awards ceremony for its participation in the 2013 reading challenge, during which its students read just under 6,000 books. To learn more about the Governor\u2019s Summer Reading Challenge, visit ct.gov\/sde\/ctread.