Third-graders celebrate annual Best Book I Ever Read

By Luke Distelhorst | May 17, 2017
Photo by: Friends of the Edmonds Library

“Ahwoooo dibbity dobbity skibbitty ooooo,” sang children’s book author Laura McGee Kvasnosky.

“Ahwoooo dibbity dobbity skibbitty ooooo,” echoed back a chorus of 40 Edmonds School District third-graders.

“Yes, storytime is participatory,” Edith Farrar, the Children’s Librarian at Edmonds Library, had reminded everyone before the reading.

Alongside the students were parents, relatives and teachers, all gathered to celebrate the Best Book I Ever Read Poster Contest.

Now in its 20th year, the contest is presented by the Edmonds Arts Commission, Friends of the Edmonds Library and library media specialists in the Edmonds School District to promote extracurricular reading and visual art.

Third-grade students in Edmonds were encouraged to visually represent their favorite book in a poster and library media specialists at each school select posters to send to a panel of judges, where 20 outstanding posters and 20 honorable mentions were selected for display at the Frances Anderson Center.

Outstanding poster recipients also received a $10 gift certificate to the Edmonds Bookshop, courtesy of the Friends of the EdmEdmonds School District third-graders celebrated the annual Best Book I Ever Readonds Library.

Following the award ceremony, where all 40 selected students were recognized, Kvasnosky took over to share her latest book, “Little Wolf’s First Howling,” and answer questions about being an author and having a career in literature.

And who knows, maybe when the poster contest is in its 40th year one of the 2017 third graders will be back in the Plaza Room sharing their latest children’s book?

Luke Distelhorst is president of the Friends of the Edmonds Library board of directors.


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