Thursday, March 27, 2008

Children's Book Week Finalists

Read on JacketFlap this week:

"The Children's Choice Book Awards program was created to provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about the books being written for them and to help develop a reading list that will motivate children to read. Children will be able to cast their vote for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at until Sunday, May 4, 2008. 10,000 children in five teams from around the US spent months reading and evaluating books submitted by publishers. They looked at hundreds of titles. The five favorite books published in 2007 in each of these categories are open for a nation-wide vote in March and April 2008 in each of three grade categories: K-2, 3-4, 5-6 as well as Favorite Author, and Favorite Illustrator. The winner in each category will be named at a gala during Children's Book Week on May 13th, 2008 in New York City. "

From Children's Book Week Online: "Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes-any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers, and families have celebrated children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book related events."

This is an award chosen by kids. There are sections for kids in grades kindergarten through sixth, with authors from Jan Brett to Anthony Horowitz. Your children/students can vote for their favorite authors and books by going to the website. You can print out the list or the book covers, have them vote in your classroom, and then go put the votes in as their teacher if you don’t want to send them to the Internet (a good choice for the lower grades). It might be fun for the kids to see what other kids are choosing and what the favorite books are…

Download book lists, posters, bookmarks, activity guides and lots more here.

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