YSU English Festival: Choosing the Books

Posted April 6, 2011 by 0 Comments

As teachers and librarians have long recognized, students who enjoy what they read will read more. -YSU English Festival Book Selection Policy

YSU English Festival participants must read 7 books designated for their grade level in order to attend the event. Because the Festival is so popular, teachers and librarians are asked to confirm that students have completed the reading beforehand to ensure that available spots are filled by young people who truly want to be there.

How do they select just 7 books per age group? Who makes the final decision? According to the Festival Book Selection Policy, many factors come into play.

Book selections aren’t based on classics or what schools provide for classroom reading, but by quality writing for young adults. “Factors considered in book selection include literary quality, cultural diversity, gender of authors and protagonists, historical period, genre, reading level, and cost.”

A Book Selection subcommittee recommends 18-20 books in the spring for the following year. Over the summer months, English Festival Advisory Board Members read the list of books and make recommendations, with the final book selections being made in September. The selected list is then shared with local booksellers, libraries and schools. Copies of the selected books are readily available for students to begin their reading and preparation for the English Festival in the spring.

Want to know more? Check out the Book Selection Policy in full. Stop back tomorrow to learn about this year’s 2011 English Festival selections.


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