Tucson Festival of Books

The Best: Award-Winning 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 and the books will be given away to attendees at the end of the session.


Panelists
Patrick Andrus

Patrick Andrus is a fourth-grade teacher in the Eden Prairie School District in Minneapolis. He is in his 33rd year of teaching. Andrus' main goal in his classroom is to share the love of reading and books....

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Laura Hudock

Laura Hudock is an assistant professor at Framingham State University, who teaches literacy and children's literature courses. Her research examines elementary reader responses to diverse transitional chapter books....

Osha Lynette Smith

Dr. Osha Lynette Smith, EdD is a Contributing Faculty for the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. She teaches for the graduate program. She is also a member of the Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family....

Kathryn Will

Kathryn Will is an associate professor of literacy at the University of Maine. She examines how future teachers' engagement with children's and young adult literature impacts their attitudes about reading in their future classrooms....