CALIFORNIA READERS VOTE FOR THE WISH STEALERS:
Each year a California Readers’ committee reviews over 1,500 books, all written or illustrated by California authors and artists. Each of the three committees – representing teachers and library staff from California elementary, middle, and high schools –selects 100 fiction and nonfiction books that they believe will create balanced school library collections and support classroom curricula. The books are judged for general excellence in their genre and for their appeal to children and young adults.
Said Fran Oberman, Chairman of the California Collections Committee for California Readers, “My colleagues and I are proud of the distinguished new 2011 California Collections. The announcement of the list each year encourages publishers nationwide to present talented California authors and artists to students and inspires young readers to support local talent. These collections play a vital role in stimulating reading, writing, speaking, and illustrating skills of young Californians.”
Said Karla Forbes, President of California Readers, “These three collections of books should be the first purchase of books for school libraries in all of California’s schools. They should be a high priority purchase for all school libraries in the United States…