Monday, March 11, 2013

Reading Is Award Enough?

Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting with 12 other bookish people: school librarians, public librarians, and classroom teachers.  

We are the 2014 - 2015 Young Hoosier Book Awards Middle Grades Committee. We meet the second Saturday of March and then again the second Saturday of September. In the middle we read, rate, and evaluate books! This year we have a list of 74 titles! Most released in the past 2 years and a couple actually released in 2013! We must get the nominated list down to 20 titles, then we (and other Indiana school personnel) encourage children to read and vote on the best of that shortened list. The author is then invited to come speak at our annual librarian conference.

I love that we involve the kids in reading and picking the best.  Students also design the annual T-shirt!  It would be so cool if we could somehow have them also hear the winning author speak. A nice way to celebrate their hard work.

I'm joining the Slice of Life March Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I'm late to the game but I'm staying until the end. #slice2013


  1. What a great program! I love that the kids of your state are involved in selecting the winning book. I wonder if we have anything like this in Colorado? I will have to check it out now.

  2. You have a lot of reading ahead of you...enjoy every moment. When kids are involved it is so much more meaningful. They are lucky to have dedicated readers like you. Good luck.

  3. You are going to have such fun reading! What insight you will have about great books for middle schoolers. Happy reading!

  4. I love getting the kids involved. That's why I'm enjoying my class's March Madness so much. They are really engaged.


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