Books You and Your Students Need to 'Check Out'!


  • Dr. Christine A. Draper Georgia Southern University
  • Dr. Pamela C. Jewett University of South Carolina



children's literature, NCBLA, award winning titles


For the past four years, both Pam and I have sat on the Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts (NCBLA) Book Aware Committee. Every year the seven member national committee selects 30 award winning titles in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for children in grades K-8. To receive this award books must meet one or more of the following criteria:
• explicitly dealing with language, such as play on words, word origins, or the history of language;
• demonstrating uniqueness in the use of language or styles;
• inviting child response or participation;
• having an appealing format;
• being of enduring quality;
• meeting generally accepted criteria of quality for the genre in which they are written.
This column includes several award winning titles from the 2016 NCBLA list that you may want to add to your reading list.


Author Biographies

  • Dr. Christine A. Draper, Georgia Southern University

    Dr. Christine A. Draper ([email protected]) is an Associate Professor and Partnership Coordinator at Georgia Southern University. She has taught classes on the nature and needs of middle grades learners, young adolescent literature, and language arts methods for the middle grades teachers. She is the 2016 chair for Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts Award Committee.

  • Dr. Pamela C. Jewett, University of South Carolina

    Dr. Pamela C. Jewett ([email protected]) is a Professor Emerita from the University of South Carolina and a children's literature enthusiast. She is 2017 chair for the Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts Award Committee. Paramount to her beliefs about bringing together children and quality children's literature is introducing titles that pique a reader's curiosity and open new worlds or reflect and challenge existing worlds.

Books You and Your Students Need to 'Check Out'!






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How to Cite

Draper , C. A., & Jewett, P. C. (2016). Books You and Your Students Need to ’Check Out’!. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 39(2), 33-34.

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