California Young Reader Medal Program: Navelencia is once again participating in the state-wide CYRM program that encourages students to read all the books in each of four categories (Picture Books, Picture Books for Older Readers, Intermediate, and Middle School) and then vote on their favorite book in each category. The results of Navelencia's voting will then be sent to the state and the authors of the winning books honored at a ceremony to be held in the early summer. Students will fill out a reading log as they read the books, and write an essay voting for their favorite book after finishing all the books in a category. All reading logs and essays are due to the library by 2:30 on March 30.
We are rewarding each student who reads all of the 14 nominated books with a $25 gift certificate to the Scholastic Book Fair the Parent-Teacher Club is having in April. We are also having an essay contest in which the student states why a certain book is their favorite, with gift certificates awarded for first through third places. There is also a drawing the students can enter after they read all the books in a category. Lots of chances to earn Scholastic Book Fair gift certificates!
Newbery Reader Medal Program: This reading program involves reading 30 of the books that have either won or been runners-up of the prestigious John Newbery Medal. The Newbery has been awarded to the best books in children’s literature, and our library has over 170 of the titles that have been honored since 1922 with either the Newbery Medal or Newbery Honor designation. Navelencia is calling its program designed to encourage students to read these exemplary books the Newbery Reader Medal and will be awarded to eighth graders at the time of their promotion. Students complete either a reading log as they read the book or write an essay (they may choose the type from the five forms provided) to show that they read the book.
Other Library Programs
We use the Accelerated Reader (AR) program at Navelencia as a means to measure how much and at what level students are reading. After a student has read one million words through the AR program, the student may choose any book from the Scholastic Book Fair Catalog to keep as a reward.
Battle of the Books Teams
In this nationwide program, teams consisting of six students read from a prescribed list of 30 books. The teams are asked questions about the books in a quiz-show format. The winning team from our tournament at Navelencia will go on to compete at a tournament in Fresno in January.