VPR's Book Club For Young Readers Returns For 2nd Season

Colchester, Vt. – Dorothy’s List, Vermont Edition’s monthly book club for young readers, begins its second season on Vermont Public Radio this week.

Reporter Amy Noyes is traveling the state, talking with middle school students about books nominated for the 2014-2015 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award.

In each installment, the author answers questions posed by students. Listeners will also hear what students have to say about the issues and themes in the books. 

“Dorothy's List has had an amazing reception. Since the series begin last year, 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.” 

Dorothy's List airs the first Monday of each month during Vermont Edition at noon and 7 p.m. This month, the series visits the Stowe Free Library, where a group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders have just finished reading Todd Hasak-Lowy’s novel 33 Minutes ... Until Morgan Sturtz Kicks My Butt. 

“Young people are having deep conversations about these books, and it’s inspiring to hear how passionate they are about reading, and about the process of writing,” said Vermont Edition Managing Producer Patti Daniels. “It’s exciting to share the thoughtful observations that these kids have about literature with a statewide radio audience.”

Each school year, thousands of Vermont students read the books nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award. Thirty books make the annual list, and fourth through eighth graders vote for their favorite title in the spring. 

The award is among the oldest and most distinctive children's book awards in the country. It’s named for author, educator and equality 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 was made possible by the VPR Journalism Fund.