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Vermont Public Radio’s Book Club For Young Readers Explores The Boy On Cinnamon Street

Colchester, Vt. – Reporter Amy Noyes and students at Brattleboro Area Middle School will explore The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone next Monday, February 3 on Dorothy’s List, VPR’s book club for kids. 

The program will broadcast at noon and 7 p.m. during Vermont Edition, VPR’s daily news magazine. Listeners also will hear from Phoebe Stone, who answers questions from the students. The Boy on Cinnamon Street is one of four books by Vermont authors on the current Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award list. 

Dorothy’s List highlights children’s books nominated for the annual Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, which is among the oldest and most distinctive state children’s book awards in the country. 

Noyes is traveling the state, talking with middle gradel students about the books nominated for the award. In each installment, the author will answer questions posed directly by students. Listeners will also hear what students have to say about the issues and themes in the books. 

Dorothy's List airs the first Monday of each month during Vermont Edition at noon and 7 p.m.

“Dorothy's List has had an amazing reception. Since the first installment aired I've heard from librarians and teachers all over the state who would like to get their students involved with the program,” Noyes said. “There are some really creative projects and discussions built around these books.” 

In February, Dorothy’s List is reading Sy Montgomery's Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World. Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University whose world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make. The biography takes readers inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award is named for education and equality writer and activist Dorothy Canfield Fisher, who lived in Arlington, Vermont, in the first half of the 20th century. The DCF program is led by the Vermont Department of Libraries, in conjunction with schools and libraries across Vermont.

Dorothy’s List is a project of the VPR Journalism Fund.