Students recognized for reading achievement

June 14, 2013 

Students at Harrisonville Elementary School and McEowen Elementary School were recently recognized for their reading achievement. Second grade students were challenged to read 50 Caldecott award books, third graders had to read all KC-3 nominated books, and fourth and fifth graders were honored for reading at least ten Mark Twain books.

Twenty-four second graders met the challenge and received a hard cover copy of the 2013 Caldecott Award book, “This Is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen. Thirteen third graders completed the KC-3 nominees and received hard cover copies of the KC-3 book of their choice. Thirty-six Mark Twain readers received a prize pack which included a 2012-13 Mark Twain nominee and miscellaneous prizes.

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of 19-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The KC-3 nominees are chosen each year by the Kansas City Metropolitan Librarians. Approximately 10 transitional chapter books make the list and third grade students at HES who read all the nominees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite.

Twelve Mark Twain nominees are chosen each year by the Missouri Association of School Librarians. McEowen fourth and fifth graders who read all 12 nominees and five previous Mark Twain winners are named Mark Twain readers. They earn a pizza party and are recognized at McEowen’s Accent on Achievement ceremony. Students who choose to read at least ten nominees are eligible to receive prizes. Students who read at least four of the 20 nominees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite.

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