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Timothy celebrated the joy of reading this Wednesday by rolling out the red carpet for the second annual Timothy Readers’ Choice Awards. Click here to see a video of the event.

 Students were involved in many different ways during the morning’s 4th-6th grade show: they presented and received award statues for books in nine genre categories, explained grade-level reading challenges, played drums, helped with the AV, and made decorations. One team of fifth and sixth grades even told book-related jokes and performed a book magic trick. During the show, students who participated in this year’s Bluestem and Caudill reading programs were recognized for their accomplishments. The final award given was the Book of the Year Award, which went to TC favorite The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Five book trailers, created by sixth-grade students for the five Best Book of the Year nominees, premiered at the show. After learning how to use iMovie in computer class, sixth graders were invited to use iPads to create trailers. They spent many lunch recesses in the library – voluntarily – to write and direct their short movies.

In the afternoon, it was the younger crowd’s turn to celebrate reading. Students in kindergarten, first, second, and third grades voted earlier in the week on their favorite book of the year, and the results for each grade level were announced during the program. Teachers and students also talked about how each grade met their reading goals for the year, and students who participated in the Monarch reading program were recognized with certificates.

Both shows ended with a special music video, “Read Everything”, starring many teachers and featuring lyrics written by Mrs. Larsen and sung by Mrs. Groenewold. Students were encouraged to keep the fun going by reading over the summer and participating in the Summer Reading Challenges for their grade level.

Thanks to everyone who helped make these new programs a success.

2016 Award Winners – 4th-6th Grade:

Best Realistic Fiction: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Best Mystery Fiction: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Best Fantasy or Science Fiction: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Best Historical Fiction: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Best Graphic Novel: El Deafo by Cece Bell

Best Nonfiction: Guinness World Records 2017

Best Biography: Becoming Babe Ruth by Matt Tavares

TC Bluestem Winner:  The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Illinois Bluestem Winner: El Deafo by Cece Bell

TC Caudill Winner: The War That Saved My Life

Illinois Caudill Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Best Book of 2017: The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


Book Trailers for Best Book Nominees:

(click on link to view trailer)

The Babysitter’s Club: Kristy’s Big Idea by Lilia Hackert and Ella Schroeder

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Samantha David and Madison Laslo

Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Tommy Kunz, Nathan Stettin and Will Telford

Rain Reign by Jocelyn Trotter and Julia Voss

The War That Saved My Life by Elizabeth Carlson, Noelle Ellingsen, Promise Obazuaye, and
Marta Veenstra

“Read Everything” Video, featuring TC Staff


K-3 Favorite Books of the Year

Kindergarten: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

First Grade: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems

Second Grade: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Third Grade: Who Would Win series by Jerry Pallotta

Winner of Monarch Award at Timothy: tie: This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne AND Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie the Pooh by Sally M. Walker

Winner of Monarch Award for State of Illinois: Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio



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