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Notable Books for K-8 Readers

Join the panel of the Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts as they describe their process in selecting 30 titles that demonstrate uniqueness of language and style. Highlights of books from the 2018 award list will be shared along with annotated bibliographies.

Cynthia Alaniz

Cynthia Alaniz is an elementary school librarian in Coppell, Texas. She has over 25 years of experience as an elementary educator and has a strong and undying passion for reading, libraries and children’s literature....

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Jane Bean-Folkes

Jane Bean-Folkes is an assistant professor of literacy, in the Education Department at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY. She is an avid reader of children’s books especially books on diverse and global literature....

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Jeanne Fain

Jeanne G. Fain is a professor and lead faculty of Multilingual Learners at Lipscomb University. She is currently a member of the Notable in Children’s Books in Language Arts Committee. Her educational interests include a focus on early literacy and literacy in K-8 Classrooms, Critical Conversation around Global, Culturally Responsive and social justice texts in local school partnerships....

Rebecca Leigh

S. Rebecca Leigh is an associate professor in the Department of Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Her research interests include multiple ways of knowing, writing, and teacher education....


Jennifer Summerlin

Jennifer Summerlin is an Assistant Professor of Reading at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the current director of the Graduate Reading Specialist Program. Jennifer is passionate about putting great books into the hands of readers....

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Tucson Medical Center

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