Students receive books at summer reading program


Duncan McDougall

Self proclaimed book worm spent his childhood traveling around the world by just sitting in a tree.
Growing up, he would fight pirates in the South China Sea or hunt dangerous animals from the comfort of his favorite hideaway to read books that would take him anywhere he wished. In his childhood tree, he could use the far-reaching power of books to transform into any person, mythical creature or to the corner of the universe with a paperback novel and a little imagination.
“I got to be anyone I wanted to be in that tree,” he said yesterday to a classroom-size cluster of Springfield VT children. “It’s like I have this superpower and I can use it all the time.”
McDougall now serves as the executive director of the Children’s Literacy Foundation and journeys across the Twin States to inspire a love of books to a new generation seeking their own tree so they can hide from the world and read. This story from the Eagle Times

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