Essays will be judged on content, structure, and creativity. All essays are independently scored by three reviewers during the first-round of judging, the results of which determine the five finalists from each state to move on to the final round of judging. Grand Prize winners will be selected from the pool of finalists by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress including educators, children’s authors, and Library of Congress staff.
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
Members of the American Association of School Librarians comprise the panel for the first rounds of essay reading and scoring. The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), works to ensure all elementary and secondary school librarians participate as collaborative partners in the teaching and learning process in order to prepare students for life-long learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.
Fred Bowen is the author of 19 action-packed sports books for kids. He has also written a weekly sports column for kids in The Washington Post since 2000. Fred lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife Peggy Jackson. They have two grown children.
Kathleen McGuigan is an Education Resources Specialist at the Library of Congress. She has over 20 years of experience working on behalf of K-12 education for national groups. In her current role, she is responsible for the online teacher professional development for the Library of Congress.
Maria Salvadore works as a consultant in children’s literature, writing and reviewing for Reading Rockets, a national multimedia reading and literacy project as well as with other local and national organizations. Previously, Salvadore served as the Coordinator of Children’s Services for the DC Public Library and worked in that capacity for the Cambridge (MA) Public Library. She has served on numerous book award and evaluation committees including the Newbery, Caldecott, Boston Globe/Horn Book, and ALSC/ALA Notable Books.
Rachael Worthington Walker is passionate about helping kids develop a love of reading and has more than 20 years of experience in bringing organizations together to promote children’s literacy. She consults on multimedia projects, develops reading motivation programs, and creates resources for parents and teachers to get kids excited about books. Visit her reading party at BelleoftheBook.com.
Library of Congress Teacher-in-Residence
Since 2000, the Library of Congress has recruited teachers to work with Educational Outreach staff to promote the effective use of the Library’s primary sources in the classroom. Previous Teachers-in-Residence have led professional development workshops, developed teaching materials and led and supported projects to reach and support a diverse audience of educators nationwide.