The criteria for selecting a Teachers' Choice Project is going to make me think differently about books. We are looking for books that present characters realistically without stereotyping. We are looking for books with a valuable message that might provide a unique point of view. I will be asking myself are there elements that reflect our times. I am really fussy about the language within a book and I'm glad to find out the Teachers' Choice Project is looking for books with poor grammar or slang where warranted. The dialect for a story is to be realistic for the setting or situation. Does the story expand the curriculum? Is the story informative? I am so glad we get to consider the artwork. Is the artwork pleasing? Do the illustrations fit the text? Does the book use a variety of art forms? Does the story help children understand themselves? And then the Teachers' Choice criteria includes example questions that might be raised by reading this book. I love that we want a book to further our thinking after it has been read.
I wanted to share the criteria and thinking I am being asked to consider because I know so many of us are thinking about books and selecting books to use with our students. I found myself thinking about books a bit differently then I would on a daily basis. I will be sharing a couple of books each month That I receive courtesy of the IRA and the Teachers' Choice Project.