A total of 29 Summit Lakes Middle School students and two staff members participated in the selection process for the Missouri Truman Readers Awards.
The 2014-15 awards recognize young adult books written by American authors and published during 2012.
Christie Brown, library media specialist at SLMS, is a member of the state-wide, nine-member Truman Readers Award Committee which selected 24 nominees last summer. She worked with SLMS staff members to encourage students to participate in the selection process for nominated books.
After the state-wide selection committee chose the 24 Truman Reader nominee books, students and interested adults had the opportunity to become Truman Reader Award reader-selectors. To be considered a selector, an individual must read at least 20 of the 24 nominated books during fall 2013.
Brown met with students participating in the process every three weeks as they completed their books. The SLMS students participating also posted online evaluations of the books they read.
In addition to the 29 SLMS students serving as selectors, SLMS science teacher Shannon Boland participated as an adult reader-selector. Her son, Eli Boland, SLMS student, also served as a selector.
Based on the votes from SLMS and votes from additional students, teachers and librarians throughout Missouri, the 12 Truman Readers Award winning books will be announced later this spring. The 29 SLMS reader-selectors will also attend the Children’s Literature Festival, scheduled for March at the University of Central Missouri.