For those readers who in live Vermont, you are probably familiar with the Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) and Red Clover Awards. Readers from other parts of the world may be wondering what these programs are and why I am excited that the newest list of award nominees has been announced.
Red Clover books are a collection of fiction and nonfiction picture books for readers in grades K-4.
According to the website, “Mothergooseprograms.org”, Red Clover books are chosen based on the following criteria:
- The book must have been published in the prior year.
- The award is for the entire book-text and illustrations.
- Both the author and illustrator must be living at the time of the selection.
- Only one title by the same combination of author and illustrator may be chosen in a given year.
- The books must be appropriate, in the aggregate, for a range of children in grades K-4.
- Both fiction and non-fiction are eligible.
|First given in 1957, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award has honored quality literature for children for over 50 years now. Each spring, a committee of eight carefully selects 30 books to comprise the DCF Master List. After reading at least 5 books from the list, students then vote for their favorite titles the following spring. The winning author is invited to visit Vermont to speak with children about the experience of writing such fine literature for such fine people.|
I LOVE reading DCF books and I have started to make my way through this years DCF selections. I have included the ones that I have read thus far on my Shelfari. Click on each title to read more about each book and see if it might be something you might like to read. Also click here for the full list of 2012-2013 selections.
If you are from another state or country and have a similar program to the Red Clover or DCF, I would love to hear about it!