Morehouse Parish Library wrapped up its Summer Reading Program at the end of July and recently announced the winners of the Fizz, Boom, Read Summer Reading Program for young readers.

The program encouraged kids to read over the summer by challenging them to read as many books as they could and keep track of them with a reading log which came in their packets. Prizes were awarded to following students who read the most books in their age groups:

Pre-K and Kindergarten — Haiden Morris

First and Second Grade — Charles Morris

Third and Fourth Grade — Isabella West

Fifth and Sixth Grade — Daniel Wilkerson

For reading the most books overall, Ava and Cara Andrews tied and both received a prize.

The winners were awarded with a book-bag, t-shirt, a book, a subscription to National Geographic for Kids and a coupon for a Sonic Blast. Participants who read 15 or more books during the program got a certificate.

In addition to the reading challenge, the program had several activities for young readers including an obstacle course, movie showings, literary bingo and visits from guests such as the Morehouse Parish First Responders, Black Bayou and several others.

“I think [the program] was a great success,” Library Director Ellen Highsmith said. “We had a lot of kids sign up, a variety of entertainers and good attendance. We were especially pleased with the number of kids who came to our Friday movies.”

The Summer Reading Program is part of the Collaborative Summer Library Programs, a national cooperative to encourage reading throughout the summer. For more information on the Summer Reading Program and other State Library programs, visit