Tucson Festival of Books

Notable Books for K-8 Readers


This session will highlight award-winning books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for children in grades K-8. The books will be presented by the NCBLA committee who selected these books due to their appealing format, enduring quality, focus on language and invitation for child response. The committee will share the books and suggest instructional strategies. Books will be available for browsing and a book list provided. The books will be given away at the end of the session to attendees.


Panelists
Patrick Andrus

Patrick Andrus has been an elementary educator for 32 years. Patrick has taught third, fourth, and fifth grade in Eden Prairie, MN. His focus and passion in the classroom are to bring the love and joy of reading and books to all of his students....

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Dorian Harrison

Dorian Harrison is an assistant professor of literacy at The Ohio State University at Newark. Dr. Harrison’s research explores how equity in literacy education is enacted, paying particular attention to the ways communities of learners are challenging deficit views and practices....

Kathryn Will

Kathryn Will is an associate professor of literacy at the University of Maine Farmington and the chair of NCBLA. Her current research examines literacy practices of future teachers and how their engagement with children’s and young adult literature impacts their attitudes about reading and book choices for their future classrooms....

Fran Wilson

Fran Wilson is a second grade teacher and language arts instructional leader for Madeira City Schools. She has served on several literature award committees, including the Orbis Pictus Award for nonfiction, the Charlotte Huck Award for fiction, the Notable Books for a Global Society Award for diverse literature, the Mathical Award for math trade books, and is currently reviewing books for the Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Award to identify engaging titles that appeal to K-8 readers....