Friday, September 10, 2004

Newbery Award

Newbery Award. This is a nice essay which has ideas on how to teach children in your school about Newbery Award winning books

From the site:

This is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. The award has been given annually since 1922. It is given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

There are many ways that these books can be used in serving children in libraries and schools. Here are a few ideas:

1. Hold a Newbery Award party. Have the children read winning books by themselves and with each other. Have the teacher or librarian read a favorite winner or two. Decorate the library or classroom to fit a theme. Imagine a "Bridge to Terabithia " theme!

2. Have a Newbery Award alcove in your library or classroom. Have all the past winning books on the shelve. Explain to students, parents, and patrons why these books are important. Encourage that they be checked out and read.

3. Assign each student in a class or reading group one of the Newbery Award books. Make sure each child has a different book. Have them report back to the class or group about the book the student read at a latter date.

4. Have a costume day based on one of the Newbery Award books. Again, "Bridge to Terabithia " would be great for this theme. However, other books that have won the award would work good as well.

5. Others ideas? I am sure there are many ways the Newbery Award books can be used in serving children. These are great books! Show them to children and parents and help make sure that they get read.


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