Local third graders attend special lesson with South Dakota author

Local third graders filled the theater at Central High School on Thursday for a special lesson.

Author Don Montileaux read his book “Tatanka and Other Legends of the Lakota People” in English paired with Darrell Red Cloud who read in the Lakota language.

The book was assigned summer reading for the incoming third graders.

The event is part of the annual “Young Readers One Book” festival that aims to get kids to love reading and increase reading proficiency by the third grade.

By bringing a book to life, kids get excited about what they’re reading, says Kayla Klein, director of Black Hills Reads, which is half the battle in reaching proficiency.

“Usually authors are kind of this mystical being, that they’re not really real ” says Klein, “So the way that a child can connect an author and a book together, it just lumps them up that much more.”.

Montileaux is the first featured South Dakota and Native American author to provide a book for students in the five years of the program here in Rapid City.

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