Shadow Kids are Reading Stars

Shadow Kids are Reading Stars

Caelen Reading Star (1)“Mom! I’m famous!” That’s how 4th grader Caelen Ough responded when he saw himself online as The Shadow Project’s first Reading Star! Caelen and his mom Kedma kicked off our Reading Stars initiative, which celebrates the reading progress of Shadow kids. (You may remember Caelen raised money to buy an IPad for his special education classroom last year.) Parents, we invite you to send a photo or short video of your child or your family reading together to and we’ll post it our Facebook page. Parents can interview their child or simply have them describe a favorite book, character, or a triumph in reading progress.

Caelen read one of his favorite books he earned through The Shadow Project. It’s Mighty Max by Harriet Ziefert, which chronicles a young boy who, like Caelen, dreams big! Check out what Caelen has to say below:
The Shadow Project: Why do you like this book, and can you tell us a little about your favorite character?

COMighty Max is a regular kid who does regular things but thinks he is a super hero. He first pretends to be superman, then he pretends to be King Kong, and finally he pretends to be Evel Knievel. I like the book because it’s fun to pretend to be a superhero. If I was Max here are the three things I would pretend to be:

  1. I would pretend to be Spongebob Squarepants because he is funny and one of my favorite shows.
  2. I would pretend be Phineas from Phineas and Ferb because he and Ferb make really awesome inventions.
  3. Finally I would pretend to be Hiro from Big Hero 6 because I would have a personal robot to take care of me.


TSP: Those are some great characters! What do you love most about reading?
CO: What I love most about reading is that some books make me laugh, like Captain Underpants.

TSP: What’s the hardest thing about reading?
CO: Reading isn’t hard for me just writing.

TSP: Do you have a favorite place to read?
CO: My favorite place to read is at the Duniway Library. At home, it’s upstairs in my room.

TSP: Do you have anything you want to share with other children?
CO: If there is a kid out there that wants to read Mighty Max I would tell them it’s a funny book.

TSP: And finally, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you want to be when you grow up?
CO: My name is Caelen Ough. I am nine years old. I go to Duniway School. I am in the 4th grade and when I grow I want to be a technologist or an engineer.

Keep up the good work, Caelen! and most importantly, keep reading!

P.S. Contact us at for more information or to submit your own Reading Star.

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