Lucile C. Reading Scholarship for Writers of Children's Literature
Lucile C. Reading was born August 16, 1909 in Logan, Utah, the fifth child of Louis Samuel and Rebecca Ann Ballard Cardon. She grew up in Logan and graduated from Utah State Agricultural College in 1931 with a bachelor's degree in English. In 1935 Lucile married Keith Evans Reading whom she met at USU and they had two children: James Cardon Reading of Bountiful, Utah, and Don Cardon reading of Boise, Idaho. She was the grandmother to six grandchildren.
An extremely active and energetic woman, Lucile's interests were wide and varied. Her achievements included owning and operating a children's store, The Mother Goose Shop, in Bountiful, Utah, for over twenty years. Active in the LDS Church, she served as a member of the Primary General Board and was a member of the Primary General presidency for seven years. In addition, Mrs. Reading was the managing editor for over ten years of The Friend, the LDS Church's magazine for children. She is still remembered fondly for her hard work and service as president of the Davis County School Board and as a member of the Davis County Library Board, the Centerville Planning and Zoning Board and the South Davis Welfare Council Board.
Lucile showed her deep love for children in the many successful dealings in business, church service and elective offices. Her greatest loves were her family and friends, her Church, and literature, especially children's literature. A voracious reader, she particularly loved the classics, and was a member of numerous book and literature clubs. Lucile Reading passed away March 22,1982 in Centerville, Utah, at the age of 72. Her love of children's literature led her to establish the Lucile C. Reading Scholarship for Writers of Children's Literature. Recipients of this scholarship are English majors who are studying or plan to study, with the goal of becoming writers, teachers, and /or specialists in the area of juvenile literature.