What are DCF Books?
DCF books are books selected as part of the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award program, which is a Vermont book program directed at students in grades 4 through 8. DCF books can be fiction or nonfiction books, graphic novels or books of poetry. The DCF books are chosen by the selection committee because of the high-quality of writing and strong interest to young people.
The DCF selection committee is made up of librarians and teachers from around the state of Vermont. The DCF books are promoted to upper elementary and middle school students beginning in September of each school year, and students are encouraged to read as many of the books as they wish. Every student who reads at least five books is eligible to vote for his or her favorite book in April of the school year. The author of the book which receives the most votes is invited to come to Vermont to receive the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award and to meet with students from around Vermont in a celebration held sometime in May or June.
Who was Dorothy Canfield Fisher?
Dorothy Canfield Fisher was an author, educational reformer, and social activist who lived in Arlington, Vermont, during the first half of the 1900's. She influenced literary tastes as a member of the Book-of-the-Month Club selection committee from 1926 to 1951. She herself wrote 22 works of fiction and 18 nonfiction books. One of her most beloved books, Understood Betsy, tells the story of a young city girl named Elizabeth Ann who is orphaned and must go to Vermont to live with her cousins. The story takes Elizabeth Ann from her protected life in the city to a world where she is expected to do and speak up for herself. Young readers will love seeing "Betsy" grow into a strong, independent young lady.