The California Readers Collection has just posted their 2011 book lists. I’m thrilled to learn that THE YEAR THE SWALLOWS CAME EARLY has been selected for both the elementary school and the middle school list. Because each list has only 100 titles, I am extremely honored. The criteria for selection are as follows:
Must be written by a California author or illustrated by a California artist.
Meet the criteria of excellent literature.
Provide a balanced collection from picture books to history.
Reflect the entire spectrum of curriculum areas in a balanced collection.
Focus on the diversity of California population.
Illuminate the various California geographical areas.
Raise awareness about issues important to California.
For those of you who would like to see the other titles, here’s the link: