Cynthia Reeg received the 2017 ZIA Award for outstanding children’s literature from the New Mexico Press Women on April 22 in Las Cruces, NM for her middle grade fantasy novel, From the Grave. The Zia Award is given annually to one or more woman book author who lives in or has ties to New Mexico. Each year the contest focuses on one of three genres: fiction, children’s literature or non-fiction.
FENWAY AND HATTIE by Victoria J. Coe
was selected as the early reader/early elementary book for the 2017 Global Read Aloud
. With an emphasis on perspective this year, the books and picture book author were chosen with the goal of helping students to see the world in a new light, make connections, and build community within their own classrooms as well as with thousands of participating classrooms across the globe.
The purpose of this annual six-week program is to make the world a little smaller, to open students’ eyes to the rest of the world, and look at all of our shared experiences. GRA founder Pernille Ripp says, “How phenomenal for a child to know that the same book they are reading is being read in classrooms across the globe.”
Each year, classrooms from K-12 around the world listen to one read-aloud book while making as many global connections as possible. There is a picture book study for the youngest students and four books designated for early elementary, middle grade, middle school, and high school; however teachers are encouraged to read the book most suitable for their students. Since 2010, more than two million students have participated in the Global Read Aloud.
About Fenway and Hattie
, Pernille Ripp explains, “Fenway and the story of how he sees the world is one that is bound to make us laugh but also see our world in a different view; what can happen when we simply change our perspective?”
Congrats to Victoria J. Coe! Join the Global Read Aloud
this year by picking up any of the selected books!
Each year, the Wisconsin State Reading Association’s Children’s Literature Committee selects books published during the previous year to recommend as “the most interesting and valuable books for educators and children to read.” The committee evaluates titles based on “the quality of the literature, the appeal for students, and the value for classroom use.”
Congratulations to the 5 Sweet Sixteens authors whose debut novels were chosen for the WSRA’s chapter books through eighth grade list, Just One More Page:
This week we’ve got cover reveals from two of our members!
A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
Congratulations to Sweet Sixteens Sarah Ahiers and Abby Cooper! Their debut novels are finalists for the 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards.