The program was developed 5 years ago by the Children's Book Council and the literacy foundation Every Child a Reader for a number of reasons.
- It makes reading fun and gives kids an easy way to talk about their favorite books with their friends - yes, it makes talking about books fun for kids.
- It gives kids and teens a chance to express themselves and let book creators know what works best for them and what they love most.
- Because the majority of finalists are selected by kids and teens, it offers a peer-approved reading list.
- It is an essential component of the strategy developed to instill a lifelong love of reading in young people, the mission of Every Child a Reader
Beginning tomorrow, each post (and, yes, for those of you doubters, there will be posts to come) will tie one of the thirty finalists to a parent/child issue or story until I've covered them all.