As the teacher pulled books from the box, the group of fourth-graders at Hawthorne Elementary squealed with delight.
Some clapped their hands while others shouted phrases like, "You're awesome" and "I can't believe this."
Seven fourth-graders in Burke's intervention class at Hawthorne were given copies of "The Phantom Tollbooth" as part of the World Book Night event Tuesday.
The international program was established as a way to encourage adults who are reluctant to read to become interested in reading by giving out free books on April 23, World Book Night.
Burke received 20 books in total that she plans to share with students in the school.