TTT: Books Kids Love

Although this is technically a Teacher Talk Tuesday post, it is really geared towards anyone who has “littles”of their own, or is around kids!  Today I am going to teach you a quick and easy trick to picking out books that seriously any kid will love.

The secret is GOOGLE… haha, but actually.  All you need to do is Google Willow Nominee books. The Willow Awards were created as a way to promote reading by granting a “Willow Award” to the Canadian and/or Saskatchewan book(s) voted by Saskatchewan students to be the best of those nominated in designated categories for a specific year.

The categories are as follows:

  • The Shining Willow Award for books written for young readers.
  • The Diamond Willow Award for titles written for upper elementary readers (grades 4-6).
  • The Snow Willow Award for books for young people in grades 7 – 9.

The coolest part about the Willow Awards is that Saskatchewan kids read the books and then get to vote! They think it is absolutely the best thing ever.  In past years, our wonderful (now retired) teacher librarian, Rhonda would read one book each week and then when she was done she would allow them to vote.  She would explain that I could not vote, she could not vote, not even the Principal of our school could vote for our favourite book… it is only for KIDS!  Well, like I said before, they just think that is the coolest thing EVER!

Last year the Shining Willow Award book winner was If Kids Ruled The World by Linda Bailey, and if you follow me on Snapchat (@holly_horvath) you would know that this is one of my absolute favourites! A serious must have for any home or classroom library!

So, the next time you head to your local bookstore do a little googling before to help with your selection.  To find out the 2016 nominees click here.

Ah, there are so many good ones!!!

Happy Reading!!


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  • 3 years ago

    It’s a pleasure to read your blog :)Look forward to your updating:)

    • 3 years ago

      Thanks, Georgina! I’m happy to have you following along!

  • Jasmine Ramos
    3 years ago

    Thanks! I find this blog so helpful. I’ve been wanting to find great books that my students will really love. I’ll also be sharing with them that these books are the best because children read the books and get to vote after to choose the best book. I’ll defiantly be incorporating this into my classroom.

    • 3 years ago

      Awesome! I am so happy to hear you’re going to share these books with your kids!!!

  • Erin
    3 years ago

    Hi Holly,
    I’m in my second year of Education at the U of R and I have an assignment (EMTH 217) to find a kids mathematics book and figure out how to incorporate it into middle years level. Are there any mathematics books you would recommend? What are your favourites to use?


    • 3 years ago

      Hi Erin!
      Do you mean a picture book? Or are you looking for a math resource, like teacher guide? Sorry for the late reply! Let me know and I will try to think of one!

  • 3 years ago
    Nice outfits, love your style!

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