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Reading Resources

Award Winning Books

Award Winning Books

Pura Belpré Award:  presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace. Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts.

The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year’s “most distinguished American picture book for children”, beginning with 1937 publications. It is awarded to the illustrator by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The award is given to the author of “the most distinguished  contribution to American
literature for children.”

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.

Utah’s Beehive Award Winning books is from the Children’s Literature Association of Utah.

Evaluation Sites

Literacy Links

* French story books read aloud with translation available 

* Reading recommendations list here with summaries and Lexile levels

* Classics for free

* Download hundreds of titles for free from NYPL

* Pernille Ripp’s article with picture books and read alouds & more resources

* Scholastic learning experiences built around a story/video by grade level

* Magic Tree House home adventures:  activities related to the series.

Reading List written by @tasmslibrary

Read A Louds

* Read alouds by children’s authors

* Favorite Authors and Illustrators sharing

* Interactive Read Alouds to share with students. Click here to see a growing list of authors doing read alouds

* Authors Everywhere – on Youtube!

* Storyline Online

* Story time from Space

* The Best Read-Alouds on YouTube 

* Follow “savewithstories” on Instagram for books read aloud

Digital Escape Rooms

  • Some Digital escape rooms EMS students have tried and liked are found on this link.
  • County Library: Digital escape rooms national collection

Vocabulary: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia

Poetry help:  If you do a search at lycos (http://www.lycos.com) using the string “gry” you will find an excellent reference source concerning words that end in “gry.”

Professional Resources

Reading Quotes:

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Sir Richard Steele

Without the love of books the richest man is poor, but endowed with this treasure of treasure, the poorest man is rich. Leon Gutterman

It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything. Henry Brougham

We would have to live more than a thousand years to experience first hand what we can experience in a lifetime of reading. Eugene Rand

Three possessions should you prize: a field, a friend, and a book. Hal Gaon

It often requires more courage to read some books than it does to fight battle. Sutton Elbert Griggs

We must not be misled by snobbery into thinking that there is only one way to become educated. Gail Thain Parker

(Poetry is) the intolerable wrestle with words and meanings. T.S. Eliot

The wise man reads both books and life itself. Lin Yutang

Society is a strong solution of books. It draws its virtue out of what is best worth reading, as hot water draws the strength of tea leaves. Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

A truly great book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. Henry David Thoreau

Reading books in one’s youth is like looking at the moon through a ceviche; reading books in middle age is like looking at the moon in one’s courtyard; and reading books in old age is like looking at the moon on an open terrace. This is because the depth of benefits of reading varies in proportion to the depth of one’s own experience. Chang Ch’ao

Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflict. Mother Jones

Books are keys to wisdom’s treasures; Books are gates to lands of pleasure; Books are paths that upward lead; Books are friends. Come, let us read. Emili Poulson

To read a book for the first time is to make the acquaintance of a new friend; to read it a second time is to meet an old one. Selwyn Gurney Champion

If you wish to be a good reader, read. Epictetus

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