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Vermont Reading Programs

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Reading Program is designed to promote the reading of great literature by Vermont students in grades 4 through 8. Each year students read from a list of thirty titles, and they get to vote on their favorite book! 

To see what's coming up for the 2016-2017 school year, watch this video!  

If you want to contribute to a state-wide discussion on this year's titles, visit the DCF blog!

Want to read some of the best picture books published last year? The Red Clover Award program promotes the reading and discussion of the best of picture books. These books are read in almost all of Vermont's public schools, grades K - 4, with over 20,000 students voting for their favorite book. Be sure to check out this year's Red Clover nominees

There is so much more to a book 
than just the reading.
Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are

Banned & Challenged Books

There is a long history of banning or challenging books throughout the world. Banned books are books that have been physically removed from a library, bookstore, or classroom because someone deemed that book "inappropriate" and the organizations administrators or owners agreed. So the book was removed. A challenged book is one that someone deemed inappropriate, others did not agree, so the book stayed on the shelf and was available to be checked out or purchased. 

The American Library Association, along with other organizations, keeps a list of books that have been banned here in the U.S. Below are useful links to more information about banned and challenged children's books.

Author Judy Blume talks about reading and censorship.

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