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Their Awards, Not Ours

In June 2005 SLJ had an article about how the Tennessee awards (Volunteer State Book Awards) created an alliance between teachers and school librarians.

The Young Hoosier Book Award at Hickory Elementary blog has created a beautiful alliance between readers and techie writers of the web 2.0 era.  Mrs. Trinkle has created a blog to enable students to comment on the books, but she has gone beyond the simple comments like:

Comment 1:  I like this book.
Comment 2:  Me, too.

Instead, she includes discussion starters such as "If you could jump in at any point of this story, where would it be? Describe that scene." These came from http://www.teachervision.fen.com/literature/teaching-methods/1728.html With 168 comments on one post where students discuss their books, this site is an example of how to successfully solicit interactivity. The official site for Indiana's program is http://www.ilfonline.org/AIME/YHBA/YHBA.htm 

Sharron L. McElmeel maintains McBookwords: a State and Regional Book Awards program listing at http://www.mcelmeel.com/curriculum/bookawards.html

Cynthia Leitich Smith, author, maintains her own selection of lists and databases at State Awards for Children's  and Young Adult Books Links to U.S. Readers'-Choice & Other-Criteria Awards, by state

But maybe you don't want to read for the students awards, but for your own pleasure. Try titles from the Cybils The 2006 Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards. Or, simply begin your own blog and talk to us about books. We're reading.

 

 

Comments

  1. Christopher Harris says:

    Very cool…what I especially love is that this is a no-brainer, easy to use, no startup cost way to get students involved.

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