Top 5 Musts for the ALA Awards Today!

I am so excited for the ALA Awards today! They begin at 8AM on the ALA website. If your class or Mock Newbery club cannot watch the awards live between 8 and 10am, you can replay the event at anytime.

First, a HUGE thank you and round of applause goes out to all of the authors and illustrators who wrote children’s and young adults’ literature in 2015! Wow! It was an incredible year for reading, and your books inspired so many young readers to fall in love with reading. A heartfelt thank you! We wish you much luck and happiness as your books are being honor today.

Anticipating the ALA Awards has brought so much joyful reading to my fifth grade classroom this year. Since September we have been reading incredible new releases that were recommended by our fabulous school librarian, the Nerdy Book Club, Goodreads,, School Library Journal, etc. We compiled a list of about 20 favorites and read voraciously. Here are some of our favorites:

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Here are my Top 5 Musts for celebrating the ALA Awards today!

#5- My class MUST watch the ALA Awards during class today! This is like the Academy Awards for books, and I can’t wait to see their reactions to the winners.

#4- My students and I MUST predict which books might win. We will have our prediction sheets ready!

#3- My students and I MUST have paper and pencil ready to jot down new book titles. This is one of the best parts of the ALA Awards- learning about new book titles!

#2- My students and I MUST tweet live with the #alamw16! We can’t wait to read the tweets of authors and illustrators as their books are being announced as winners.

#1- Our Number 1 MUST- Keep reading! I am hopeful that the enthusiasm sparked by today’s awards will motivate all of my readers to try new books and get to know new authors.

Good luck to all the authors and illustrators today! Today is a celebration of reading, writing, and art!



Dana Johansen spends her time teaching fifth grade in Connecticut, sitting with her yellow lab on the couch reading YA Lit, and watching the tv show, The Big Bang Theory. She has taught elementary and middle school for fourteen years. Dana is a doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studies blended learning in reading and writing workshop. She is the co-author of the books Teaching Interpretation and Flip Your Writing Workshop. 

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