New York, NY (May 17, 2007)–They are the idols of the classroom, the stars of children´s storytelling. These three teachers produced captivating videos of themselves reading to their students, and they are the winners of this year´s Scholastic Book Clubs "Read To Us" contest.
A second grade bilingual teacher, a librarian and a kindergarten teacher each offered something special and memorable–one dressed up like a main character to make children feel a part of the story; another read in Spanish to her bilingual classroom; the third used his talent for character voices to add something extra to the reading.
"We are excited to give these three talented teachers the recognition they deserve for showing how reading aloud can dazzle the imagination and teach about the world," said Judy Newman, president of Scholastic Book Clubs, a division of Scholastic, the global children´s publishing, education and media company. "Each teacher perfectly demonstrated how to connect children with the material. They made you want to listen, then go home and read more!"
The 2007 Scholastic Book Clubs "Read To Us" winners, whose videos are available at http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/contests/winners/readaloud/index.htm, are:
Harrison Elementary School, Janesville, WI
Ms. DeRubeis, a Kindergarten teacher, read Mrs. Toggle´s Zipper by Robin Pulver. The children were active participants in the storytelling, reciting the portions of the book they had memorized and playing along as Ms. DeRubeis acted the role of the book´s main character, wacky teacher Mrs. Toggle. Ms. DeRubeis even wore a purple jacket matching the one Mrs. Toggle wears in the book!
E. Raymond Wells
Jane Long Elementary School, Freeport, TX
Mr. Wells, a librarian, read a chapter from The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman and Peter Sis. Drawing upon his amazing repertoire of character voices, he gave life to sections of dialogue while reading this novel. His unique style entertains even the most reluctant readers.
Jefferson Elementary School, Oakland, CA
Ms. Llambelis, a second-grade bilingual Spanish teacher, read La Cucaracha Martina by Daniel Moreton to her class in Spanish. She demonstrated an enthusiasm for storytelling through her vibrant and expressive reading. Her talent for reading aloud has no language barriers.
Judged on their creativity, originality and presentation, the winners were picked from a pool of more than 400 entries. Each earned a $5,000 professional grant from Scholastic.
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