What is it?

The Racine-Kenosha English Festival is a program designed to encourage reading for enjoyment. Students have the opportunity to read novels from six different genres including dystopia fantasy, contemporary fantasy, science fiction, mystery, realistic fiction, and historical nonfiction. After reading each book, students complete a short comprehension quiz. If students meet the requirements, they will be invited to attend the English Festival on Monday, March 25, 2013, at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The festival is celebrating its 29th year.

At the festival, students will participate in workshops based on themes from the books. Past workshop activities include creative writing, digital storytelling, science experiments, mock trials, creative problem-solving, and animal training. Prizes from area businesses are awarded at some of the workshops. The most exciting part of the festival is an author of one of the books, Kathryn Erskine, will be attending! The author will make a presentation to all of the students, and then students will have a chance to ask questions about her novel, Mockingbird.

Who can join? 
The Racine-Kenosha English Festival welcomes all seventh and eighth graders in Racine and Kenosha Counties attending a public, private, or parochial school. Between 300 and 500 kids from Racine and Kenosha area schools take part in it each year.

What is the timeline? 
Students start reading the books at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. All books should be read by the end of January so that the coordinators can effectively plan the workshops. The festival will take place on Monday, March 25, 2013. After the festival, the coordinators will start working on creating a list of books for the following year.
How much does it cost?
The program is completely FREE for students thanks to the generosity of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Carthage College, local school districts, Parent-Teacher Organizations, and area businesses. Books can be checked out at school or at local libraries. You can also buy the books if you would like.