46 government officials sign on as 2017 Reading Ambassadors for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Today we are excited to announce that 42 Governors’ Spouses, 3 Governors and 1 Lieutenant Governor representing the U.S. and U.S. territories have signed on to serve as Reading Ambassadors for the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!

According to research from the Kids & Family Reading Report™: 6th Edition, 80% of children ages 6–17 agree that summer reading will help them during the school year, but one in five kids from lower-income families did not read any books at all last summer.To help provide kids in need with access to books, our Reading Ambassadors have donated 500 Scholastic books to schools across their respective states and hosted in-school summer reading celebrations to generate excitement about summer reading.

Check out these great photos from events hosted by the First Lady of Arizona Angela Ducey, West Virginia’s First Lady Cathy Justice, and First Lady of New Hampshire Valerie Sununu.

Scholastic thanks the following Governors, Governors’ Spouses and Lieutenant Governors for serving as Reading Ambassadors for the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge:

Alaska – First Lady Donna Walker

Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey

American Samoa – First Lady Cynthia Malala Moliga

Arizona – First Lady Angela Ducey

Arkansas – First Lady Susan Hutchinson

Connecticut – First Lady Cathy Malloy

Delaware – First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney

Georgia – First Lady Sandra Deal

Guam – First Lady Christine Sonido Calvo

Hawaii – First Lady Dawn Amano-Ige

Idaho – First Lady Lori Otter

Illinois – First Lady Diana Rauner

Indiana – First Lady Janet Holcomb

Iowa – First Lady Christine Branstad

Kansas – First Lady Mary Brownback

Maine – First Lady Ann LePage

Maryland – First Lady Yumi Hogan

Massachusetts – First Lady Lauren Baker

Michigan – First Lady Sue Snyder

Minnesota – Governor Mark Dayton

Mississippi – First Lady Deborah Bryant

Missouri – First Lady Sheena Greitens

Montana – First Lady Lisa Bullock

Nevada – First Lady Kathleen Sandoval

New Hampshire – First Lady Valerie Sununu

New Jersey – First Lady Mary Pat Christie

New Mexico – First Gentleman Chuck Franco

New York – Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

North Carolina – First Lady Kristin Cooper

North Dakota – First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum

Northern Mariana Islands – First Lady Diann Torres

Ohio – First Lady Karen W. Kasich

Oklahoma – First Gentleman Wade Christensen

Oregon – First Gentleman Dan Little

Pennsylvania – First Lady Frances Wolf

Rhode Island – First Gentleman Andy Moffit

South Dakota – First Lady Linda Daugaard

Tennessee – First Lady Crissy Haslam

U.S. Virgin Islands – Governor Kenneth Mapp

Utah – First Lady Jeanette Herbert

Vermont – First Lady Diana McTeague-Scott

Virginia – First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe

Washington – First Lady Trudi Inslee

West Virginia – First Lady Cathy Justice

Wisconsin – First Lady Tonette Walker

Wyoming – First Lady Carol Mead


Top photo: First Lady of New Hampshire Valerie Sununu reads to a classroom of students

Bottom photo: First Gentleman of Oregon Dan Little reads to a classroom of students