I apologize for the uneven posting schedule these days. I’m trying to get back on a more regular schedule again – trust me, it isn’t for lack of books – and get back into a routine overall. Thanks for sticking it out with me.
Okay, now for the good stuff! The Children’s Book Council announced their Kids’ Book Choice Awards finalists today! This is a great list for Readers Advisory and Collection Development, because it’s chosen by kids and has 15 great categories. Here, you’ll find categories like Favorite Book Cover; Favorite Illustrated Character; Best Book of Facts, and Best Books of the Year, broken out by grades, so every group gets their say. You can find the list of finalists, by category, here.
Readers – kids and teens – can vote at EveryChildaReader.net/vote. Grownups – librarians, educators, parents, caregivers – can vote for the kids in their care, or collect votes from a group (your classes, reading groups, groups of kids at your library) and submit them into a group ballot. Voting is open from now until November 14 and this year’s winners will be announced in early December.
If you haven’t visited the Children’s Book Council site before, I really urge you to click over. There are great reading lists and reader resources promoting diverse and inclusive reading to be found. The companion site, Every Child a Reader, is the place to go to find out about the Kids’ Book Choice Awards, Children’s Book Week, Get Caught Reading, and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (this year, it’s Jason Reynolds!). Plus, there printable bookmarks, coloring sheets, challenges, and more!