Wednesday, March 2, 2011

First Annual Children's Choice Awards

Most of you know that this winter, in partnership with the AIU3, we launched the First Annual Children's Choice Awards in Allegheny County! We have 8 library/school partnerships participating:

  • Pleasant Hills
  • Moon
  • Avalon
  • Braddock
  • Springdale
  • Plum
  • Crafton
  • AC Free
The idea is that the CCAs would continue the momentum of the Summer Reading Club through the winter and into early spring and give the kids in 4th-6th grades in Allegheny County a chance to vote on what they think was the best book of the past year.  After hearing from school and public librarians on the titles that they can't keep on the shelves, we narrowed the list down to 10 books from which the kids can choose:

  1. Red Pyramid: Rick Riordan
  2. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda: Tom Angleberger
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth: Jeff Kinney
  4. Big Nate in a Class by Himself: Lincoln Pierce
  5. Into the Gauntlet (10th of 39 Clues): Margaret Peterson Haddix
  6. Cosmic: Frank Cottrell
  7. My Life as a Book: Janet Tashjian
  8. Scumble: Ingrid Law
  9. Countdown: Debra Wiles
  10. Nature Girl: Jane Kelley
It's a pretty cool lineup and each of the 8 libraries got an extra copy of each of the 10 titles for their collection. And any student who participates (which means (s)he reads 3+ titles on the list) is invited to a celebration of reading at the Heinz History Center on Tuesday, April 12th where we'll link all the reading everyone did with promoting the 2011 Summer Reading Club!  Joe Wos will deliver a Keynote Conversation about the importance of stories and everyone will have a chance to get creative on a project around some of the titles.  We'll also, of course, be revealing the winner of this year's Awards!  

Because it's our first year, we're encouraging the participating libraries (school and public) to go crazy with how they promote this new initiative and the kinds of programs they might offer to go along with it!  Here's an example of a display Megan Goode at Moon created:

We'll be collecting potential titles for NEXT year's CCAs until mid-November, so feel free to pass along a title you think we should consider!  You can send suggestions to me at beesonk(at)einetwork(dot)net.  And of course, we're encouraging every library to participate!