Institute for Educational Development

The Best Award-Winning Children's Books of the Last Decade and How to Use Them in Your Program

NEW Seminar Presented By
Jamie Naidoo

Nationally Recognized Children’s Book Expert, Award-Winning Author and Librarian, and International Presenter

Designed for K-6 Librarians, Library Assistants, Classroom Teachers, and Administrators

  • A highly informative overview of the best award-winning and notable books for children published in the past ten years (including often-missed titles)
  • Practical ideas and strategies for using award-winning diverse children’s literature to reach reluctant readers and promote cross-cultural understanding
  • Interactive, hands-on demonstrations that model ways to connect children with books via read-alouds, read-alikes, reader’s theatre, storytelling, and more!
  • Receive an extensive, NEW best award-winning children’s books resource handbook with comprehensive lists of awards, annotated bibliographies, ready-to-use activities, and recommended online resources that will jumpstart your literacy and library programs

Practical Strategies

In this engaging NEW seminar, nationally recognized children’s book expert and award-winning librarian, Jamie Campbell Naidoo, will highlight the best of the best in award-winning and notable children’s books from the past decade, including picture books, chapter books, novels, graphic novels, folktales, poetry, nonfiction titles, and more! Having served on and chaired several major book award committees for national and international children’s literature, Jamie has a passion for identifying the best titles that will attract diverse readers and spark unforgettable literary explorations that foster cross-cultural connections and global citizenship.

During this fast-paced day, Jamie will share his unbridled enthusiasm for books and demonstrate successful skills for booktalking and reading aloud. You’ll also learn new and innovative ways to use technology to extend award-winning books and digital apps into your library and literacy program to attract reluctant readers.

Join Jamie in an energizing overview of the best award-winning books and discover a host of strategies and techniques that you can use immediately and successfully with the K-6 students you serve!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Navigate the Best of Notable and Award-Winning Children’s Books of the Last Decade
    Encounter the most outstanding children’s books that belong in your collection, from best sellers to hidden gems … Learn how to use these effectively to reach and teach students in grades K-6
  2. Discover the Best Online Resources for Connecting Kids to the Best Award-Winning Titles
    Learn about recommended online sources for FREE activity and discussions guides that connect the best award-winning children’s books to all areas of the curriculum. Many of these resources connect books to STEAM learning and state standards!
  3. Encounter the BEST Award-Winning Titles for Read-Alouds
    Join Jamie as he presents energetic read-alouds (with your active participation) that feature the best in award-winning and notable children’s literature from the last 10 years
  4. Uncover the Best Nonprint/Digital Award Winners for Children
    Navigate the best award-winning films, digital apps, and audiobooks and learn engaging ways to use these with the students you serve
  5. Explore Motivating Techniques to Attract Reluctant Readers and Underserved Students with Award-Winning Children’s Books
    From reader’s theatre to book talks and book trailers to digital tools for developing graphic novels and fan fiction, you’ll encounter a host of motivating strategies for connecting your underserved students and reluctant readers with the best award-winning books
  6. Strengthen Your Library & Literacy Program with Diverse, Award-Winning Children’s Materials
    Uncover the best award-winning books that reflect the experiences of diverse children and their families, providing those much needed mirrors, windows and sliding glass doors! Also learn how to help children make cross-cultural connections with diverse books
  7. Identify Ideas for Using the Best Award-Winning Children’s Books in Your Library or Classroom
    Explore numerous engaging and innovative techniques for integrating award-winning children’s books across your curriculum and in your programs throughout the year
  8. Participate in Interactive Demonstrations to Promote Literacy and “Bookjoy” with the Best in Award-Winning Fiction and Nonfiction
    Engage in hands-on activities with Jamie that model ways to connect ALL children with books via read-alikes, reader’s theatre, storytelling, and more!
  9. Identify New, Overlooked or Forgotten Children’s Literature Awards
    Jamie will give you a tour of many new and overlooked children’s literature awards with titles that are sure to expand the diversity and appeal of your collection
  10. Receive an Extensive NEW, Best Award-Winning Children’s Literature Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive handbook filled with the best of the best award-winning children’s books. Included are comprehensive lists of awards, annotated bibliographies, ready-to-use activities, suggested websites and apps, and practical tips and ideas that will jumpstart your literacy and library programs

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • The best of the best in award-winning and notable children’s books and digital materials that can be used immediately in your classroom or library program
  • Diverse fiction and non-fiction award titles that will provide mirrors and windows of your children’s experiences
  • Innovative ideas for using the BEST in award-winning children’s literature to increase reading engagement and foster bookjoy
  • Practical strategies for using award-winning children’s literature to promote cross-cultural understanding
  • Innovative ways to incorporate award-winning titles into STEM/STEAM programs
  • Easy-to-implement suggestions for using award-winning international children’s books to foster global citizenship in your K-6 students
  • Recommended online resources for FREE activity/discussion guides that will help connect the best award-winning titles with all the children you serve
  • Timesaving tips and participatory demonstrations for imbuing your read-alouds of award-winning titles with enthusiasm
  • Not-to-be-missed picture books, graphic novels, informational books, chapter books and novels, digital apps, and more that will appeal to all your kids
  • Innovative techniques and activities to attract reluctant readers with award-winning children’s books
  • Specialized book awards that will help you update your literacy or library program with alternative formats and book genres to excite your readers
  • Awesome ideas for using technology with award-winning books to create book trailers, fan fiction, digital stories, and more!
  • Specific suggestions for discovering awesome literary blogs that give even more ready-to-use activities and practical tips to revitalize your literacy and library programs
  • New, overlooked and forgotten children’s literature awards with titles that will expand the diversity and appeal of your collection

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Do you love all those shiny gold and silver medals that adorn the cover of high-quality children’s books? These awards and medals indicate there is something distinguished, exceptional, and super fantastic about a particular author, illustrator, or publisher. I have had the unique privilege of chairing and serving as a member on multiple book award committees, as well as publicly announcing the winners of major children’s media awards. Yearly, I read and explore a diverse array of notable and award books. I think you’ll agree that award-winning children’s literature is awesome and can hold high appeal for the K-6 students you serve. But, what do all those awards mean?

Each year hundreds of different awards are given to children’s books and digital materials on a host of topics. Keeping track of the best, most high-quality literature for the children we serve can be daunting. Which award books will attract reluctant readers? Are there specific awards that will infuse your collection with authentic stories representing culturally diverse voices? Do certain awards guarantee a collection of fabulous read-alouds? The seemingly endless sea of award and notable books can hinder teachers and librarians as they choose the finest materials for the students they serve. I have designed this seminar specifically to introduce you to the best award-winning books of the last decade – books I know will be among tomorrow’s “classics.”

We will explore new, overlooked, and forgotten award-winning books perfect for grabbing the attention of all your children and motivating them to read for a lifetime. I earnestly want to equip you with the ideas, information and motivation needed to confidently select and use the best of the best in children’s literature to reach underserved populations, engage reluctant readers, foster cross-cultural connections, and rejuvenate your literacy and library programs. As a participant, you will receive my extensive resource handbook filled with comprehensive lists of awards, annotated bibliographies, ready-to-use activities, suggested websites and apps, practical tips, programming ideas and much more!

I invite you to join me for a high-energy day filled with the best award-winning and notable books sure to connect with all the diverse students you serve.

Sincerely,
Jamie Campbell Naidoo

P.S. I encourage you to bring a sense of humor and a fun-loving spirit! I have planned many hands-on activities to get you wild about books and instill a passion for bookjoy!

Who Should Attend

K-6 Librarians, Library Assistants, Classroom Teachers, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Award-Winning Children’s Books Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive best of the best award-winning children’s books resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • An annotated bibliography of the BEST award-winning and notable children’s books from the last ten years
    • Numerous engaging and innovative ideas for using these titles in your library or classroom
    • Specialized subcategories arranged by award type with a focus on exciting, culturally diverse titles
    • Recommended online resources for FREE activity/discussion guides
    • Exciting techniques to attract reluctant readers and underserved students
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in the very best award-winning children’s books for grades K-6.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Jamie Campbell Naidoo will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.