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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson believes Hoosiers can start thinking and learning about financial literacy at any age.  Therefore, Secretary Lawson established the Indiana Secretary of State Summer Reading Program.  The purpose of this reading program is to help elementary age students learn about smart money management skills and apply them to their own lives. 


Topics and Activities

Secretary Lawson has chosen several books and activities associated with our program topics. The books and activities are found on the Book and Activity Bookmarks.  Please print these to distribute to students and indicate to students that they should use the Book and Activity Bookmarks to track the books and activities completed.   To complete the program, students are required to read the assigned number of books and complete one craft for each topic.  If these books are not available at your library, please help the students find appropriate substitutions.  

There are two levels of books available: Beginner/Moderate and Moderate/Advanced.  Please provide students with the appropriate bookmarks for their reading level. 

Several books are part of the Accelerated Reader program.  Books marked with an asterisk on the bookmarks have AR points available. Please advise students to refer to the Accelerated Reader website for point values.



Upon completing all three topics, students are encouraged to submit information showing they completed the program.  The students must submit the following by August 1, 2014:

  • Participation Summary
  • Photos or electronic documents of crafts and activities

Students who complete the reading program and activities above will receive an Honorary Secretary of State certificate signed by Secretary Lawson and a piggy bank.  By submitting the information, the student gives the Secretary of State’s office permission to post his or her photos online on our website and on social media pages.  All submission documents can be submitted to Kelly Griese at

For questions, please contact Kelly Griese at

Summer Reading Program Books and Activities Checklist

Books for beginner to moderate readers

Books for moderate to advanced readers

Activities checklist for all participants