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


  • Dr. Christine A. Draper Georgia Southern University



children's literature, NCBLA, award winning titles


For the past 3 years I have sat on the Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts (NCBLA) Book Award Committee. To receive this award, books must:
• explicitly deal with language, such as play on words, word origins, or the history of language;
• demonstrate uniqueness in the use of language or styles;
• invite child response or participation;
• have an appealing format;
• be of enduring quality;
• meet generally accepted criteria of quality for the genre in which they are written.
This column includes several award winning titles from the 2015 NCBLA list that you may want to add to your reading list.


Author Biography

  • Dr. Christine A. Draper, Georgia Southern University

    Dr. Christine A. Draper ([email protected]) is an Associate Professor 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 teacher. She currently serves at the National Chair for NCTE's/CLA's Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts Award. 

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






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How to Cite

Draper, C. A. (2016). Books You and Your Students Need to ’Check Out’!. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 39(1), 37-38.

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