Alabama’s Literacy Mascot invites students to contribute to new book


SHORT the Squirrel, Alabama’s beloved literacy mascot, is embarking on a new adventure and is calling upon students and teachers statewide to join him in crafting his next book, Where SHORT Loves to Read!

SHORT loves diving into books almost anywhere and everywhere – whether it’s inside, outside, on the bus, in the car, at the park, or even in school! Now, he’s curious to know: Where do YOU love to read?

Students are invited to unleash their creativity by creating an illustration and caption showcasing their favorite reading spot. Teachers can submit entries on behalf of their students through the entry portal linked here. Entries are due by April 11, and all submissions must be drawn with black marker on white paper. A panel of judges will select several illustrations and captions to inspire SHORT’s upcoming book, with winners set to be announced on May 6.

Beyond the joy of seeing their creations come to life in print, winners will have the opportunity to influence others through their creativity, empathy, and collaborative efforts. Additionally, they will also enjoy a special video pop-in visit with SHORT the Squirrel himself, along with a complimentary copy of Where SHORT Loves to Read.

This project is proudly sponsored by the Alabama State Department of Education, highlighting the state’s commitment to fostering a love for reading and literacy among its youth. For more information and to submit your entry, please visit

Article submitted by SHORT the Squirrel.

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