Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Read On Wisconsin Titles for October

This post brought to you by Emily Townsend!


Over the past year, I've had a number of people ask about the who's and how's of Read On Wisconsin (ROW) monthly book selections. This month, I thought I'd offer a brief explanation of who chooses the ROW monthly titles.

The Read On Wisconsin titles are selected by a Literacy Advisory Committee (LAC). The committee members include teachers, librarians, and early childcare providers from around the state. Many are members of WEMTA or WLA. LAC members serve for a two-year term. This means we are welcoming new members and thanking outgoing members every year. The committee members are then divided into the five ROW age groups (see book list below for divisions), according to their interest and expertise. LAC members in each of the age groups work together to choose titles and write discussion questions for those titles. You probably know a ROW LAC member. Check out this year's committee by clicking here and the above link. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the LAC for their hard work and their exciting and engaging selections for the month of October. The Primary group selected two different books about trees -- definitely a topic of interest to the K-2 crowd this time of year. The Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers group selected a clever and fun book about costumes and identity in Matilda and Hans as well as a lovely board book about a grandmother and grandson harvesting berries.The Intermediate and Middle School groups chose lively and thoughtful selections that will get kids thinking outside of their regular experiences. Likewise, the high school group's choice of Maggot Moon, an alternative history fiction, will challenge students to reflect on their ideas about society, history, and ideology. You can find a complete list of this month's titles below. 

For updates, resources and activities throughout the month follow us on Twitter and Pinterest. As always, discussion questions for the books are available on our website and resources for the titles and authors can be found at TeachingBooks.net.

Here are the Read On Wisconsin titles for October:

Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Matilda and Hans by Yokococo. U.S. edition:  Templar / Candlewick Press, 2013.
Wild Berries by Julie Flett.  Simply Read Books, 2013.

Primary (K-2) Books
Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid. U.S. edition: Albert Whitman, 2013.
Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown. Illustrated by Magaly Morales. Clarion, 2010.           

Intermediate (Grades 3-5) Books
Buffalo Bird Girl:  A Hidatsa Story by S.D. Nelson. Abrams, 2012.
Middle School Books
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery by Cynthia Grady. Illustrated by Michele Wood.  Eerdmans, 2012.      
The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata. Illustrated by Julia Kuo. Atheneum, 2013.

High School Books
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. Illustrated by Julian Crouch. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2013.

If you're interested in learning more about how the titles are selected, check out our Choosing Books page on our website or contact me at etownsend@wisc.edu. I'm happy to answer any questions.

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