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If you were on campus on Wednesday, May 23, you might have been surprised to see some students – and teachers — in suits and sequins. Students in grades 4-6 came ready to walk the red carpet and celebrate reading for the third annual Timothy Readers’ Choice Awards.

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. A record number of sixth graders even told book-related jokes. 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 Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

The winners of the coveted Best Dressed Class went to Mrs. Brighty’s fourth grade class, who earned an extra-long recess. And although competition was fierce, Ms. Geisler took home the Best Dressed Teacher trophy after she and runners up Mrs. VerVelde and Mrs. Brighty answered some questions about their favorite books.

Eight book trailers, created by sixth-grade students for the eight Best Book of the Year nominees, premiered at the show. After learning how to use iMovie in Computer class, all sixth graders wrote and directed short commercials; the best were chosen for the show.

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 encouragement from Mrs. Larsen to keep the fun going by reading over the summer and participating in the Summer Reading Challenges for their grade level (click here to visit the Summer Page for more details).

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

2018 Award Winners – 4th-6th Grade:

Best Realistic Fiction: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Best Mystery Fiction: Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Best Fantasy or Science Fiction: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Best Historical Fiction: I Survived the Great Chicago Fire by Lauren Tarshis
Best Graphic Novel: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Best Nonfiction: Guinness World Records 2018
Best Biography: Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Favorite Series: Harry Potter
TC Bluestem Winner:  Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sacker
Illinois Bluestem Winner: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
TC Caudill Winner: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
Illinois Caudill Winner: A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen
Best Book of 2018: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Book Trailers for Best Book Nominees: (Click links to view video)
The Getaway by Wyatt Matke, Travis Lemkuil, Ty Van Laten, and Colin Jones
Wonder by Clarissa Chen, Ashley Rakers, and Lauren Sirbu
Fuzzy Mud by Josh Bemister, Joanna Clohessy, and David La Barbera
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by Crystina Lee, Sanaa Wardlow, and Isabela Zimmerman
The Wild Robot by Joseph Kitsutkin, Jake Armstrong, and Adam Salisipan
I Am Princess X by Giovanni Molina, Jay Vander Molen, and Austin Zeilstra
I Will Always Write Back by Tea Alles, Phillip Kitsutkin, Lauren Wiegers
The Last Olympian by Daniel Cruz, David Harvan, and Lily Stanek

K-3 Favorite Books of the Year
Kindergarten: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems
First Grade: The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Second Grade: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Third Grade: No Talking (school stories) by Andrew Clements
Winner of Monarch Award at Timothy: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
Winner of Monarch Award for State of Illinois: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett


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