Kinsley Munoz

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Honors Thesis


Teachers are presented with an increasing amount of quality children’s literature for their classrooms. The Newbery and Bluebonnet book awards are two reputable awards that serve as resources for teachers in selecting books to use in their classrooms. This study sought to determine what features teachers could expect to find in either award, thus helping them narrow down their search for quality children’s literature. The researcher looked at features including theme, genre, text features, text length, readability, and interest level. The study found that the Bluebonnet Award winners are usually lighthearted, shorter, and of lower readability and interest level. Their Newbery Award winning counterparts are usually longer works with higher readability and interest levels, which deal with bigger issues. The differences discovered among these books, coupled with the criteria for each award, give teachers an additional resource to use in the search for quality children’s literature for their classrooms.

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