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Interactive Booklists in New Hampshire and Vermont

October 16, 2012

By Suzanne Loring

Both New Hampshire and Vermont offer great lists of books that can be used in schools and libraries to help motivate kids to read more. And one the thing that makes these lists so much better than any other booklist is that these are interactive. Kids get to vote to choose the winners!

In New Hampshire, you will find the Great Stone Face books, a list of 25 books for kids in grades 4-6. There are also the Ladybug Picture Books, a list of 10 books perfect for kids in kindergarten through third grade.

Vermont offers the Dorothy Canfield Fisher books, a list of 30 titles appropriate for students in grades 4-8, and the Red Clover books, 10 books for kids in grades K-4.

This is how it works: Kids read the books on the list and then vote on their favorite. Depending on which state you are in there are different rules governing how many books you must have read before you can vote. Ballots for the different lists are available on the various lists websites (see below).

Once the voting is done, all the numbers are tallied up and the book with the most votes wins. The winning author is then invited to the state to tour schools, libraries and bookstores. Maybe your school could be a tour stop for this year’s winner?

Colebrook Elementary School has done a wonderful job incorporating the Great Stone Face books into their curriculum this year. They ensure that students have access to all the Great Stone Face books and have even invited Steve Cotler author of the Cheesie Mack series – which includes a Great Stone Face book – to the school to meet the kids.

For more details on these lists and how to vote please visit:

Great Stone Face, NH

Ladybug Picture Books, NH

Dorothy Canfield Fisher, VT

Red Clover, VT

I have received a number of wonderful ideas for articles based on what teachers across New Hampshire and Vermont would like to hear. I will try my best to address these requests as the year continues. Please feel free to send any literacy activity ideas to CLiF as well as any thoughts on what you would like to learn more about for your school or classroom. Send all ideas and thoughts to suzanne@clifonline.org.

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