To prepare for a great summer reading program takes a lot of time and energy. There's crafts to be thought of, games to be played and snacks to be bought. But the perfect read a loud book is a must. It has to have a great story with emotion, eye catching pictures and memorable characters. The great story sets the tone and becomes the ultimate ice breaker. It's a wonderful thing to watch 60 kids be transported by way of imagination and story to another place.