World Book Night at Sioux Trail

Two teachers shared their love of reading by taking part in World Book Night on April 23 at Sioux Trail Elementary School in Burnsville.

Barb Istas, a current sixth-grade teacher at the school, and Kathy Born, a retired teacher who taught at Nicollet Junior High, gave 40 books to students who participate in an after-school program that promotes reading, writing and math.

Students received a copy of both the “American Poetry Collection” and “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan.

Istas and Born were among an estimated 25,000 volunteers who gave out a half million paperback books that day as part of an international event. Readers apply to be book givers and receive 20 books to give to people who may not have access to printed books because of their finances or where they live. Volunteers select the books they want to give from a list created for the event.

The teachers introduced the books with a short activity to get the students excited about taking the books home to share, read and keep.

For more information on World Book Night, visit