Kids at Teague Park School started their day with a free book!

Anna Griffeth reads from her brand new book given to her by Lou Willey, Uniserv Director for Maine Education Assosciation.

"So every first grader in the state of Maine this year received a lizard book," Willey said.

"I like Lizards and they have a lot of color like they change colors when go to places. So, if like they're yellow and they go on a leaf they turn green," Griffeth said.

Willey says this book giveaway program is made possible through a grant from the National Education Assosication.

"We've been doing this for the past five years and the read across America grant is provided by National Education association," Willey said.

Willey says they do this because children need to be strong readers to be successful in life.

"Reading for children is essential. All children should be reading by the end of 2nd grade and be fluent and understand what their reading. In order for a children to be successful they have to be strong readers," Willey said.

Emily Rosser, a first grade teacher, and was ecstatic to watch her students receive these books.

"They were really excited about it. It's a nonfiction story. They don't always have those stories that they can bring home with them and read to their parents, read to their brothers and sisters..they were really excited about it and we were excited for them to have one," Rosser said.

An exciting way to start off the school day