#Road2Reading Challenge - 1/17/17

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Michele Knott of Mrs. Knott's Book Nook and I kicked off a new reading challenge at the beginning of the year. To read about the challenge you can check out my initial post here

In 2016, I wrote a few posts about early readers. In case you missed them or would like a re-read, I am sharing links here. 
April 13, 2016 - Between Picture Books and Middle Grade Novels: Books for New Readers
April 21, 2016 - Between Picture Books and Middle Grade Novels: Early Readers and Leveled Books
May 5, 2016 - Between Picture Books and Middle Grade Novels: Beyond Levels

Last week, Michele and I created a Pinterest Board as a resource. It will be a fast way to find all of the posts that Michele and I have written throughout the year. You can find it by clicking here.

Next week, on Monday, January 23, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia, thousands of librarians and teachers will gather (both in person and through online streaming) to hear the announcement of the Annual American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards. You can also follow the award in real-time on twitter using the hashtag #ALAYMA

One of the awards that honors books for beginning readers is the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award. The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.

Winners of last year's awards were:

Winner: Don't Throw It to Mo! written by David Adler; Illustrated by Sam Ricks (Penguin Young Readers).

Honor Books

A Pig, A Fox, and A Box by Jonathan Fenske (Penguin Young Readers)

Waiting by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)

Supertruck by Stephen Savage (Roaring Brook Press)  

What books do you think will win this year? Would it seem too sarcastic to say "I have no idea?!" Part of the reason for starting this challenge is to read more in this category and to hopefully next year be able to host a Mock Geisel and make some predictions. 

Here are two lists to consider with some potential books that might win

Or The CYBILS Finalists Early Readers and Early Chapter Books. Will one of the winners come from books on this list? Check back in next week for a post on the winners of the Geisel Award. 

If you have a post that you would like to link up, please do so below. We look forward to learning together.