Matt Stell "Prayed For You" to Have a Safe and Healthy School Year While Also Reading His Favorite Book

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It's the beginning of September which means the school year is officially starting and while this year is unlike any we've ever had with some students having in-person learning and some being remote, we still want to encourage and support not only the kids, but also the teachers and parents that are figuring it out as they go along. This year brings a lot of stressful changes and challenges to everyone, which is why we asked up and coming country artist, Matt Stell, to take a moment out of his day to help us relax and de-stress by reading a bit from his favorite children's book.  

One of the best things you can do when feeling overwhelmed is to pause, take a break, and read a book to help relax your mind. Focus on a fun and uplifting story instead of all the craziness in life.

To help with that, Stell chose to read an excerpt from The Swiss Family Robinson, a story about a heroic family that together with determination and patience survived on a deserted island for many years. The family made it through by sticking together, being creative, and never losing hope, which is exactly how we all are going to get through this school year. By working together, having much patience, and never losing sight of the main goal, students, parents, and teachers will thrive during the rest of 2020. 

Remember when Zoom classrooms seem a little too overwhelming, there is nothing better than taking a moment to de-stress with a book. It's even better when families read together!

Here is a list of great children's books to read together:

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Da
  • Amelia Bedelia
  • Because of Winn Dixie
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Charlotte's Web
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Curious George
  • Matilda
  • Miss Nelson is Missing!
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins
  • The Phantom Tollbooth 

If your kids are a little older, here is a great list of books for middle schoolers:

  • A Wrinkle in Time 
  • Bud, Not Buddy
  • Ghost
  • Harry Potter
  • Holes
  • Hunger Games
  • The Lightning Thief
  • The Maze Runner
  • The Outsiders
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Stargirl
  • Wonder

 When Stell is not reading or touring, he loves golfing, 4 wheeling, and entertaining his fans on social with his Jim Halpert impression. Stell had a monster debut single with "Prayed for You," and now is in the top 20 at country radio with his follow-up single, "Everywhere But On."