Category: Tristar Reads

Engaging in Superhero Stories with Tristar Reads

As we enter into the final stretch of Tristar Reads, let’s continue to get lost in those good stories. Keep reading to learn how superheroes teach us about the art of storytelling with Tristar Reads.

The Art of Storytelling

Everyone loves a good superhero story and most superhero stories resemble fables. 

Fables are a beautiful way to teach your child about morals, life lessons and impart wisdom in an engaging manner. Fables are stories that have been passed down through generations, down to the present, to deliver important lessons about life, nature, love, friendship and moral teaching around good heartedness.

Generally, a fable is identified by three distinguishing characteristics:     

1. Characters are animals or inanimate objects that act like humans.
2. The story illustrates a moral lesson, most often included at the end.
3. The story is brief, usually no more than two to three pages in length.

Superhero stories do a wonderful job of teaching us how to live a life of integrity and value, which is often reflected in the characteristics of a fable. Let’s continue telling stories that use our imagination and teach us positive behavior.

We’re in the final stretch of Tristar Reads as it wraps up this week. Keep on reading and logging your hours at Tristar Reads. You don’t want to miss out on all the exciting prizes, especially the $1,000 scholarship!


Our Superhero of the week is Paris Dabbs! Paris is a Greene County YMCA camp counselor.

Paris and her friends are practicing reading and their skit skills together.  

Click here to watch their special rehearsal of The Three Little Pigs.  Enjoy!

Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

Superhero Challenge Week 12:

Great job with logging your reading hours so far! Our challenge this week is to read and log at least 100 minutes. Forward this email to friends so they can get involved too. 

Summer Will Be Over in a FLASH

So far this summer, K-12 students across the state of Tennessee have read 500,000 minutes by logging their hours on Tristar Reads! That’s wonderful news! But summer will be over before you know it, so read below to learn ways to use your superhero powers for the remainder of this summer with Tristar Reads.

Keep an Eye Out for Superhero Flash

Have you ever heard the saying, “time flies by when you’re having fun?”

I know that saying especially resonates during the summer months. Summer is going as fast as the Superhero Flash!

With the beginning of school quickly approaching, department stores are stocking up on school supplies and teachers are preparing their classroom. It’s important to take advantage of every moment to read all the exciting books you’ve been thinking about! 

Tristar Reads is all about preventing the summer slide, but also about having fun in the process. Don’t let the summer flash right before your eyes: enjoy every moment of sunshine, read your favorite books and log your hours at Keep an eye out for Superhero Flash and don’t let this summer pass you by! If you are or are the parent of a student in grades K-12, don’t forget to sign up for Tristar Reads. You’ll be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship!


Our Superhero of the week is one our incredible friend’s, Mrs. Avery!

Mrs. Avery’s Kindergarten class is reminding our future kindergartners that they are not babies. They have hit big kid status.

Click here to watch her special reading of I’m NOT a Baby now! Enjoy!

Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

500,000 minutes. Let’s keep up the momentum. This week we challenge you to continue to log more hours at Forward this email to friends so they can sign up too!

Honoring America’s Superhero Servicemembers with Tristar Reads!
This week, we are highlighting the men and women who serve our great nation and allow us to have the freedoms that we enjoy every day. As we celebrate Independence Day this week, let’s use our superhero powers to extend gratitude to those who protect this amazing country.


Thank You to Our Country’s Superheroes: Our Armed Forces

Why do we celebrate the 4th of July with parades, fireworks and BBQ?

It is said that it has to do with a letter that the leader of the American Revolution, John Adams, wrote to his wife Abigail on July 2, 1776, about America’s Independence.

In the letter he wrote,

“This day will be most memorable in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival…It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, bonfire and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Days later, the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted by Congress and festivities that began then still take place today.

We’re thankful to live in such an amazing and free country, which is why we’d like to honor Corporal Knight during our reading this week. Remember: students in grades K-12 are eligible and will be entered for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! Log your hours with Tristar Reads now.

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We honor our Superhero of the week, Corporal Knight, as he serves our nation in the United States Army and the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Take time today to thank a servicemember for serving our country and giving us the freedoms we are blessed to have everyday.

Be sure to watch his special reading of America the Beautiful Together We Stand!

Watch now!


Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Throughout the summer, we will be offering different Superhero Challenges each week– some may include additional prizes.

Superhero Challenge Week 10:
Post a photo of what Independence Day means to you on Facebook or Twitter using #tristarreads4thofjuly. Don’t forget to log your hours this week!

Your Words Have Power!

This week, we are discussing how impactful words can be. Keep reading for this week’s Superhero Challenge and to how to use your superhero powers with Tristar Reads this summer! 

Be a Superhero With Your Words

Superheroes are often known by not only the capes they wear, but the positive words they share with others. Many superheroes are recognized by their voices or slogans. It’s important that when we use our voices, we use our superhero powers to speak encouraging and impactful words to others.

Learn from the words of some inspiring literary heroes below:

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”  
-Maya Angelou

We need to tell kids flat out: reading is not optional.
-Walter Dean Myers

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.
-Kate Dicamillo

“If my books can help children become readers, then I feel I have accomplished something important.”     
-Roald Dahl

I believe we should spend less time worrying about the quantity of books children read and more time introducing them to quality books that will turn them on to the joy of reading and turn them into lifelong readers.
-James Patterson

Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won’t have as much censorship because we won’t have as much fear.”     
-Judy Blume

Make your words count this summer and log your hours with Tristar Reads. Students in grades K-12 are eligible and will be entered for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship! It’s not too late to sign up!


Students at Doak Elementary School use their superhero powers to read every day!

Make sure you use your superhero powers this summer to build each other up with positive words and read new books!

Check out their special read-along that they wanted to share with everyone of Fly Guy’s Big Family.

Watch now!

Weekly Superhero Challenge!

Post a video or picture of you reading your favorite book on Facebook or Twitter using #tristarreadsoutloud. Also, don’t forget to log your time this week!