This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with TeachingBooks.net. Subscribe to this free newsletter here.
Did you know that nearly every U.S. state and Canadian province has a young readers’ choice award that allows students to vote for their favorite book? These tremendously successful reading programs lead thousands of children and teens to innumerable quality books each year.
TeachingBooks.net supports these reading incentive programs by enabling students to learn about a particular author’s works and writing process directly from the author. Recently we analyzed each state list and identified the writers that appear on a number of them. We asked these authors to record an introduction and read a paragraph from one of their popular books.
Below is a sampling of recordings we produced. Use these original Book Readings with students as you introduce them to books that they will soon be voting on.
When You Reach Me (Random, 2009) by Rebecca Stead
Chains (S&S, 2008) by Laurie Halse Anderson
Savvy (Dial, 2008) by Ingrid Law
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Little, Brown, 2009) by Grace Lin
Found (S&S, 2008) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
11 Birthdays (Scholastic, 2009) by Wendy Mass
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Hyperion, 2008) by E. Lockhart
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, 2009) by Phillip Hoose
Marcelo in the Real World (Scholastic, 2009) by Francisco X. Stork
If you would like to learn more about your own state or provincial book award and the online resources that TeachingBooks.net has assembled to support them, sign into TeachingBooks.net (and make sure to identify your state or province if asked).
Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net