Book Awards

Since the last post was about book clubs and book discussions, this one features some great awards to give you more resources in selecting and curating the books in your home, classroom, or library. These are also great lists to consider when gifting books to young readers!   State Awards  First of all, make sure to look into whether or not your state has a “student’s choice” book award. Minnesota has the Minnesota Youth Reading Association (MYRA) which is home to the Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North Awards. The Maud Hart Lovelace Award is separated into two divisions: Division 1 – For 3rd through 5th grade students Division 2 – For 6th through 8th grade students To vote for their favorite book students must read at least three of the twelve nominees within their division. One thing a few classroom teachers I worked with did was to choose three of the titles and use them as read alouds. This way all their students were able to vote. It’s easy to become a member of the Minnesota Youth Reading Association as it’s only $15/year. Being a member means you have access to more resources and can submit student votes. I […]

Book Clubs and Discussion Guidelines

Most educators and librarians are familiar with book clubs. They are an excellent way to get young people and adults discussing topics with one another and there are a variety of successful ways to go about implementing them. In general, I find using books that are nominated for different awards to be a great list to work from if you’re looking for quality books within different categories. Many students are only familiar with current publications and those used within curriculums. Therefore, it can be fun to create a book club based on all the winning or honor books within an award category. This gives students a focus yet introduces them to novels they are unfamiliar with. Look for an upcoming post for more information on book awards! Once you have the list of books and the participants comes the true work of the book club. I’ve found  the two most important aspects of the physical meeting of the book club to be: Sitting in a circle Using the book discussion guidelines provided by the CCBC Sitting in a circle, whether this is around a table or not, gives all participants the ability to be included and have a direct vantage point of […]

Star of the North Picture Book Award

There are two student choice book awards in Minnesota. They include the Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North Book Awards. These are organized by the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards – MYRA. While the Maud Hart Lovelace Award began in 1980 to award works of fiction, the Star of the North Book Award was first given in 2014 and is awarded to picture books. Thus far, the winners include: 2014 – The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon & Jake Parker 2015 – Moo! by David LaRochelle & Mike Wohnoutka 2016 – The Day the Crayon’s Quit by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers For the past two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to be a reader and serve on the committee that chose the ten nominees. In addition, I was able to integrate the 10 books nominated for the 2016 award into library lessons with kindergarten through second grade students. Anyone up to 8th grade is welcome to read and vote on this award and based on the unit’s success I would be doing this unit with all students next year if I was still working at the same school (the school was preschool – 6th grade). During the prior school year, I organized […]