Ridgeview reading project a hit with students


Fourth-graders in Janele Husband's class like scary stories, but only if they're not too scary.

Of the 10 student-recommended books they read for the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association, "Tell Me a Scary Story, But Not Too Scary," By Carl Reiner, was voted their favorite.

So much so, that they created a banner representing the book, which will be hung at the Colorado Literacy Conference in February.

"I like scary stuff," Bow Richardson said. "It was cool."

The book features monsters, the opportunity for students to make choices and a special twist at the end that student Abby Landa figured out.

"I liked it because there was this guy, his name was Mr. Neewollah. It was Halloween spelled backwards," Landa said.

The class made it all the way to the end of the book before solving that little puzzle.

Children nominate 20 books for the annual Colorado Children's Book Award. That list is made available to schools. When Husband got the list, she set about collecting books.

" I got as many as I could, we didn't have a whole lot of them in our Craig library or our school library," Husband said. "We did a lot of interlibrary loans."

She ended up with 10 of the books, and students said they enjoyed most of them. "Scary Story" wasn't the entire class's top pick, but the majority ruled.

"They were very excited," Husband said. "They didn't pick the one I would've picked, but we narrowed it down. It's a voting process."

Each child must have read, or heard, a minimum of three books to vote.

Other schools in the district are reading books and voting, but Husband's class is the only one that created a banner.

The Colorado Children's Book Award was established by Dr. Bill Curtis in 1975 to encourage children's active involvement with books and reading. The CCBA committee is sponsored by the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.

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