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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Winning Read-Aloud Books

Each year, Minnesota State University at Moorhead works with regional teachers, librarians, and daycare providers to get the input of children on the best books to read aloud. They award the Wanda Gag Award and the Comstock Award to the titles committee members, along with 18,000 regional children, think is the best read-aloud picture book published in the preceeding year. Try them out for storytimes and school visits and see if you--and the kids you serve--agree!

This year's Wanda Gag winner and honor books for Preschool to eight year olds:


Memoirs of a Goldfish written by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers, published by Sleeping Bear Press.

Honor Books:

The Cow Loves Cookies written by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Marcellus Hall, and published by Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein and published by Candlewick Press.
That Cat Can’t Stay written by Thad Krasnesky, illustrated by David Parkins, and published by Flashlight Press.

The winner and honor books for 9-12 year olds:

Winner: Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant written by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise, and published by Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers Group

Honor Books:

Gunner, Football Hero written and illustrated by James E. Ransome and published by Holiday House.
My Brother Charlie written by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete with Denene Millner, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, and published by Scholastic Press.

What do you think of these choices? What have kids responded to especially well at your library?

1 comment:

  1. I'm only familiar with a few of these titles, but I love Interrupting Chicken! Thanks for the suggestions!