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Distinguished Finalist

Riley Strube

Cabot, Arkansas

Riley Strube, 14, of Cabot, Ark., a freshman at Cabot Freshman Academy, has collected more than 300 books to create a traveling library that promotes early literacy at daycares and children’s programs, and taught several other teenagers how to start similar initiatives. Riley has reached more than 100 children with her “Rock and Rollin’ Library” and made weekly visits over the summer to loan books and read out loud; she’s now raising money to establish a mobile book trailer with hopes that it will become as much of a summer staple as the ice cream truck.