Naperville Reads 2013

Being different can make it hard to fit in. That’s the message that New York Times best-selling author R.J. Palacio brought when she came to town for Naperville Reads.

Sponsored by the Naperville Public Library, School Districts 203 and 204, and Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville Reads unites the community with reading, discussing, and celebrating the same book.

Palacio’s book, “Wonder,” is this year’s children’s selection. She spoke several times at area schools and held an event open to the entire community at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall.

“Wonder” is the story of a young boy with a facial deformity who faces the challenge of trying to fit in with his fifth grade classmates, a struggle for many kids, especially when you look different from the others. Palacio’s message is for kids to choose kind words over negative ones.

Palacio’s talks about her excitement for being a part of this campaign, “It’s sort of gone beyond the book itself… Kids are taking the pledge to choose kind all over the country. It’s very exciting to be a part of this movement where kids are kind of, actually thinking about being kind to each other.”

The adult selection of Naperville Reads 2013 is Naomi Benaron’s novel “Running The Rift.” Benaron is set to come to town in April. For more information, visit their website at


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