MID-State Reading Council

An affiliate of the Illinois Reading Council

Winter 2019- Volume 7, Issue 3

President's Message

This past week while many of us in the Midwest were trying to stay warm and enjoy “cold days,” the American Library Association was holding its annual midwinter meeting. It is at this event where youth media award are announced. Thanks to social media you may be aware of this year's winners or even watched the ceremony live. Some of the most exciting awards are listed below. Check out this link to relive the excitement with your students for favorite read-alouds. It’s pretty much like watching the Oscars for books.

John Newberry Medal

“Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” written by Meg Medina

Randolph Caldecott Medal

“Hello Lighthouse,” illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

“A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919,” written by Claire Hartfield

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

“The Stuff of Stars,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Schneider Family Book Award

“The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle,” written by Leslie Connor

Pura Belpré Award

“Dreamers,” illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

“The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science,” written by Joyce Sidman

Happy Reading!

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Illinois Reads 2019

Illinois Reads Project annually selects six books in each of six different age categories ranging from read-to books for infants to adult readers. A variety of topics and themes are chosen for each age group, with an emphasis on selections written by authors with ties to Illinois. Click on the link below to find out more about 2019's statewide literacy initiative.
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