The top three picks of B.C. teachers for elementary school students.
As part of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation’s 100th anniversary, the BCTF encouraged members to recommend their favorite kids books to celebrate literacy and lifelong learning. It asked teachers: “What are the books you believe every student should read before graduating?” The result is a list of 100 books each for elementary and secondary students with an accompanying online resource and poster set to promote the books and the love of reading.
“The BCTF received thousands of submissions from teachers throughout the province to make these best books lists,” said BCTF president Glen Hansman. “Some teachers told us they chose books that inspire, books that resonate with their students, and books that stand the test of time. Other submissions were made based on the outstanding quality of writing or the compelling stories told. The list is by no means exhaustive or scientific, but it reflects the enthusiasm and passion teachers have for literacy and reading.”
BCTF has created a new web page called bctf.ca/100bestbooks, which has links to every book to help visitors access descriptions and the publishers’ information. The release of the two lists in September coincided with International Literacy Day, which was Sept. 8.
“I encourage all teachers and others who love a great read to explore these best book lists,” said Hansman. “There is some excellent diversity represented and it shows how rich the genres of children’s and young adult literature are. Thank you to all the authors out there creating such wonderful stories!”