Napa County Reads


Napa County Reads, coordinated by the Napa County Office of Education, is a coalition of educators and community members dedicated to improving the reading experiences of students throughout Napa County with an emphasis on middle schools. Each year the Committee selects a book which is read in the fall, followed by special events that include a visit from the author.  The community is invited to join students in reading the selected book and attending the author events.

Teachers – Do you want your class to participate? Contact Seana Wagner, Napa County Reads Coordinator

Thanks to our generous Napa County Reads partners:








2017 Napa County Reads Program

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library is part Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, part A Night in the Museum, and a whole lot of fun. When the eccentric inventor of video and board games returns to his hometown to build a library the likes of which has never been seen, he brings with him the most spectacular puzzler of them all. Seventh grader Kyle Keeley wants, more than anything, to be the winner.

“Pick up ‘Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library’ for your kids to discover the coolest library in the world.” —James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author

Watch Chris Grabenstein’s presentation at Silverado Middle School here.

Teacher Resources for “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library”

Official Study Guide

Lemoncello Scavenger Hunt  – Classroom

Lemoncello Scavenger Hunt – Online

Past Napa County Reads Teacher Resources

2016 Teacher Resources – The Outsiders
2015 Teacher Resources – Franciso Jimenez

 The Outsiders Book Ralph and Outsiders Cast

Top 10 Reasons for Teachers to Participate in Napa County Reads

10.  Kick Art Clarity EventOff your school year with a great book.
9.  Assist students in getting excited about reading.
8.  Tackle Common Core Standards.
7.  Go wide with interdisciplinary activities and PBL.
6.  Follow through on character education.
5.  Create space for coachable/teachable moments.
4.  Stretch out with technology and social media.
3.  Engage your students in exciting community activities to celebrate each year’s selection (and meet the author!)
2. Your district has given you approval to go forward.
1.  No Pressure!


History of Napa County Reads Featured Authors


Seana Wagner, Napa County Reads Coordinator | 707.265.2351