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Seward Reads!

Our world has been turned upside down by a virus. Like us, you may be feeling distanced from your loved ones and searching for a way to reconnect with your community. That’s why we’re creating Seward Reads!

Seward Reads! Is a community-wide reading event sponsored by Chapters Books & Gifts and the Seward Memorial Library, with help from many others including the Children's Literature for Teachers class at Concordia. Families and individuals, adults and kids of all ages, are encouraged to read the same book during June and to engage in activities that spread kindness, connection, and fun throughout Seward.

Our 2020 Seward Reads! title is Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate

We hope you’ll read Wishtree together, complete the suggested activities and any others that appeal to you and share what you’ve created through our Facebook page

Click here to download page one of the activity calendar and more information about the book.

Click here to download page two of the activity calendar and more information about the book.

Watch a trailer for Wishtree here:

Order Wishtree below, or pick up a copy from Chapters Books & Gifts. Pay if you can; pay for a copy to gift to another Seward family if you’d like; receive a free copy if finances are short. We want everyone to be able to participate!

Need more ideas for celebrating Wishtree?

  • Check out these fun activities for kids, teens and families from Seward County 4-H (you don't have to be a member!).
  • Share your favorite quote from the book.
  • Learn more about Katherine Applegate and her other books.
  • Read Wishtree to an elderly friend or young child.
  • Plant trees 6' apart.
  • Make and share friendship bread. If you have a favorite recipe, share it on our Facebook page.
  • Go birdwatching.
  • Learn more about the animals who live in Red's branches and trunk or in the trees in your yard.
  • Find a pen pal and write to them about Wishtree.
  • Research the history of your neighborhood and learn more about the early residents of Seward (or your town, if you're not from Seward). Find out about the current diversity of your town.
  • Research your family tree.
  • Join Seward Rocks and leave rocks with inspiring messages around town for people to find.
  • Seek out someone who is lonely and welcome them.
  • Tell us about your own ideas!




Event Date: 
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 1:15pm to Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 1:15pm
wherever you are!
Seward, NE 68434
Wishtree Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250043221
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

Wishtree (Special Edition): Adult Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250306869
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 8th, 2019

Wishtree Cover Image
ISBN: 9781432848217
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thorndike Press Large Print - February 7th, 2018

The One and Only Bob Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062991317
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - May 5th, 2020