Notable Books for K-8 Readers

The Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Committee will present their 2019 list of award books for readers in grades K-8. The award is given by the Children's Literature Assembly of NCTE.

Cynthia Alaniz

Cynthia Alaniz is an elementary school librarian in Coppell, Texas with an undying passion for reading, libraries and children’s literature. Author of the blog Librarian in Cute Shoes, she is an active member of the American Library Association, the Texas Library Association, the Association of Library Service to Children, the National Council of the Teachers of English and the Children’s Literature Assembly....

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Elizabeth Bemiss

Dr. Elizabeth Bemiss is an assistant professor of literacy at the University of West Florida.  She developed a passion for reading as a young child when her family shared the love of stories with her through storytelling and literature....

Jeanne Fain

Dr. Jeanne Gilliam Fain is a Professor in the College of Education at Lipscomb University. She is working within the ELL program. She teaches ELL, Literacy Courses and Methods Courses. Dr. Fain holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University, a M....

Rebecca Leigh

Before becoming a literacy professor, Rebecca Leigh taught high school English and French, which means finding texts that speak to adolescents – their lives, their feelings – matters to her....


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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Arizona Daily Star
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Tucson Medical Center

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Friends of the Festival
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