Okay, Maryland friends. I need you.
I've read for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (our state book award) for the past five years. It's been a great opportunity to read what's current in children's literature, to suggest selections that I (we) think our Maryland students would love, and to support literacy and kid's choice for thousands of children throughout the state.
After serving on the young novel committee (grades 4-6) and picture book committee, I'm turning my efforts to a new endeavor that I hope will continue to reach thousands of Maryland students while, at the same time, supporting libraries and librarians across the state.
The MASL board, with the support of the BES Reading Committees, is allowing a group of readers to pilot a graphic novel award for grades 3-5. Here's the official email, sent from BES Chair Pat Goff. I hope you'll consider joining us. It will be a big win for our students if we can get this award off the ground!
Are you interested in graphic novels? Have you started a GN collection in your library? If so, you may be interested in joining the NEW Black-Eyed Susan Graphic Novel Award committee!
Matthew Winner will faciltate this sub-committee of the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award program. The committee will meet monthly, beginning in August or September, to develop criteria and begin selecting titles. An application is attached and should be returned directly to Matthew.Application:
Application for BES Graphic Novel Committee (Grades 3-5)
Preferred Email Address: ________________________________________
Preferred Phone Number: ________________________________________
· Description of school population:
· How do you use graphic novels in your library?
· What is your favorite graphic novel for students in grades 3-5 and why?
· Why are you interested in joining the Black-Eyed Susan Graphic Novel reading committee?
· We consider any book published in the last three years as we begin to consider books for our 2013-2014 list. What title would you recommend for the list and what are the reasons for your choice?
*Please submit your application to Matthew Winner at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 12, 2012.It's an easy application to complete. You need only:
- Have a passion about graphic novels and an interest in getting them into more Maryland schools. AND
- Be a member of MASL.
If interested, please complete an application online or email me directly.
If you're not from Maryland, we'll still graciously accept support, cheering on, title suggestions, and other ways of helping make this pilot a success.
I know you graphic novel lovers are out there. We've just got to band together to help make something awesome for our kids!