Porter Named Team Leader for National Project
Dr. Diana Porter, an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, has been selected as a Team Leader for the Children’s Choice Project for 2012-2014 based on her commitment to children’s literature and her widespread professional involvement with schools across Kentucky.
The International Reading Association (IRA) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) have co-sponsored the Children’s Choice Project since 1974. Each year, more than 12,000 school children from grades K-6 evaluate and write reviews of their favorite titles from books donated by U.S. children’s book publishers. This much-admired project results in a trusted annotated list of approximately 100 recommended books that is valuable to teachers, parents, librarians, and children.
These Children’s Choices, selected from more than 500 titles, can be counted on as books children really enjoy reading. This list, a project of a joint committee supported by IRA and The Children’s Book Council (CBC), is designed for use not only by teachers, librarians, administrators, and booksellers but also by parents, grandparents, caregivers, and everyone who wishes to encourage young people to read for pleasure.
Porter will collaborate with several schools in the Central Kentucky area that will receive copies of new books for children to read. At the end of the project, the schools keep the books.