So Far, so Good!
This week's focus books are both nominated titles for the inaugural Nutmeg for elementary students. This is the first year in which students in grades 2 -3 can participate in the Nutmeg statewide book award program. However, this new award is offered to students in grades 2-4. Therefore, 4th graders have the opportunity to participate in two levels this year (Nutmeg Elementary (grades 2-4) and Nutmeg Intermediate (grades 4-6).
I love state book award programs because when a school embraces the program, you actually create a community of readers who experience a common body of literature. Conversations about books and authors naturally occurs across grade levels. Parents, teachers, and students discuss books and share their impressions or the impact these books made on their lives results in a powerful experience.
In an interview regarding fiction books, Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) award-winning author, had this to say: