Thanks for visiting! Dig in using the navigation buttons above to explore purposeful pairings of primary sources with the IL State Readers’ Choice Awards and ALA Book Awards. Primary sources integrate important visual literacy skills and enhance lessons, storytimes, book groups, and displays.

The 2020 IL State Readers’ Choice Lists are ready! For each book, you will find a publisher’s summary, a description of the primary source that has been paired with the award-winning title, and questions for discussion. The book’s webpage is designed to be lesson-ready for display or student use. The primary source image is viewable on the webpage and linked at the bottom of each page. I welcome any feedback and strive to make this resource user-friendly and effective.

Upcoming Session:
AISLE/IATE Conference, Thursday, October 10, 2019

Primary Sources in Action AND Tour the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Primary sources integrate vital visual literacy skills and enhance lessons using inquiry-based thinking and visual problem solving for learners of all ages and abilities. Explore the power of primary sources through various learning experiences with a focus on analysis of selected 2020 IL State Readers’ Choice Award titles – all 4 lists included. A book list will be sent to participants before the session. 

Viewing Tips:
Best viewed on a computer or tablet. Use the zoom in (CTRL +) and zoom out (CTRL -) to fully view the larger images on the book pairing pages.