William Allen White Children’s Book Award 2008-2009 selection year TO: Book Selection Committee Members FROM: Beverley Buller, Chairperson RE: Guidelines for members regarding the Master List for 2010-2011 To be eligible for inclusion on the new William Allen White Award Master Lists, a book must meet the following criteria: 1) Published in 2008. 2) Published in the United States, Canada or Mexico. 3) Written in the English language. 4) Written by an author who resides in the United States, Canada or Mexico. 5) Fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels and poetry are eligible for inclusion. 6) Books under consideration should by judged by the following criteria: Qualities of originality and vitality. Clarity. Factual accuracy when historical or informational. Sincerity of author and respect for reader. Acceptance by children. 7) Titles by authors whose books have received previous WAW Award are eligible for inclusion. 8) Picture books, whose main emphasis is more with illustrations than with written text are not eligible for inclusion. 9) Edited works, compilations, previously published works, and works first published in foreign countries then translated and/or reprinted in U.S. are not eligible. Only the very best titles should be included on any of the three nomination “Rounds.” The Committee’s task is to identify quality rather than quantity. Members need not feel compelled to nominate the maximum number of titles allowed on the list unless each meets the above criteria. It is recommended that you check reviews on a book if you’re the first to nominate it. An easy way is to go to www.bn.com, type in the title, and you will find editorial reviews. Plan to discuss books under consideration with teachers, librarians, and young people. Titles now accessible in your community should be available through interlibrary loan (ask your local public librarian). To begin the screening process for the new Master List, please complete the Round 1 form and return to Beverley Buller <wawselect@sbcglobalnet> by January 15. The Round 1 titles will be compiled and returned to each member for further consideration. The same procedure will be followed for Rounds 2 and 3 as the Calendar indicates. Deadlines must be observed in order for titles to be included. The Selection Committee Meeting requires: 1. Members to be present to vote. (Absent members’ choices will not be discussed. Members must have read the book in order to vote. 2. Members to read all nominated books. The bare minimum of required reading is fifty percent of the list. Members should strive to exceed the minimum. 3. Sixty percent of the committee members to have read a book before it may be nominated for consideration at the annual meeting. Suggested Titles It is often difficult to know where to begin in the selection process. The WAW Library has begun to receive review books from publishers. A starting point may be to borrow the books from ESU. To access the list of 2008 titles: http://library.emporia.edu click on Kellogg Online Catalog scroll down to Course Reserves click on Search Reserves type in WAW Books (Search by Professor’s Name) click on Suggested List Please feel free to utilize the discussion list for the selection committee once it is functional (you’ll receive an e-mail) to find out what others think about a book.
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