I'm thrilled that GLORY BE has just been named to the 2016 Illinois Readers' Choice Bluestem list.
I love the description of the award:
"Named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the
award may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as
books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists."
I've visited a few schools in Illinois over the years and I've met some super media specialists and teachers. Of course, I always poke around and wishfully think about incorporating their ideas into my own school. Then I remember, Whoops, I no longer have a school or a library to call my own.
On my most recent visit, sponsored by the fabulous Anderson's Bookshop, I loved this idea from Gayl Smith at Gompert Elementary. She has a team of book wizards who write reviews and post them on the bookshelf where that book resides.
Here's one written by a third grader, which easily rivals some of the professional reviews I've read:
Glory Be is a book about a young girl named Gloriana Hemphill, who lived
in the south at the time of segregation. She is used to two of
everything, one for the whites and one for the blacks. Then her whole
life changes when she meets a girl who moved
from Ohio and doesn't follow the rules that Glory had been used to. Her
name was Laura Lampert. Glory's life is whirling around her with her
other friends making fun of Laura because she is from the North, her
older sister has turned into a teenager and doesn't
want to play with her and the pool's closing down right before her
birthday to "fix some cracks".
What is really going on? Read to find
Now I love that, don't you?
This is what a few other reviews look like, tacked to those bookshelves.
Those kids must feel pretty special!