GCPS Television launches new series, ‘BookTales’









GCPS Television launches new series, ‘BookTales’

          GCPS Television launches new series, ‘BookTales’

          Some of the best storybooks in America are coming to your television. Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) TV will launch its premier episode of “BookTales” on Monday, February 11, 2002, at 10 a.m. This reading enrichment-based series-- designed to showcase quality children’s literature-- features five 30-minute shows. Each show will air daily at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. for one week. A new program will air each week.

          Each of the five “BookTales” programs will feature two books that have been nominated for the 2001-02 Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award, sponsored by the College of Education at the University of Georgia. The 10 books will be read aloud by Gwinnett school media specialists to a small group of schoolchildren in a warm “home-like” studio setting.

          Each year, 20 storybooks (suitable for readers in grades K-4) are nominated for the state award, based on their literary and artistic value. To be considered, the books must have been published within the past five years, and the author and the illustrator currently must be living in North America.

          Unlike some book awards programs, children from participating Georgia schools-- not editors or teachers-- will be the ones deciding the winners. In April, students who have read, or heard, 10 of the 20 nominated books will be asked to cast a ballot for their favorite. The votes from across the state will be tallied, and the winner of the 2001-02 Georgia Children’s Picture Storybook Award will be announced at the “33rd Annual Conference on Children’s Literature,” scheduled to be held April 19-20, 2002, in Athens.

          “BookTales” is produced by the GCPS Broadcast and Distance Learning Department, along with Anne Newhouse, media specialist at Susan Stripling Elementary. The idea for “BookTales” originated with members of the GCPS Television Advisory Committee, who constantly strive to develop programs geared to enhance and enrich the academic environment of Gwinnett County.

          For more information concerning “BookTales,” please contact:
          Peggy Shivers, Broadcast and Distance Learning, 770-822-6460

          Scheduled “BookTales” programs

          Show 1 (Feb. 11-17, airing daily at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.)
          Guest Reader: Joyce Kirkpatrick, media specialist, Camp Creek Elementary
          The Old Woman Who Named Things, by Cynthia Rylant
          Cinderella’s Rat, by Susan Meddaugh

          Show 2 (Feb. 18-24, airing daily at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.)
          Guest Reader: Julia McLean, media specialist, Knight Elementary
          Thank You, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco
          Dog Magic, by Carla Golembe

          Show 3 (Feb. 25-Mar. 3, airing daily at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.)
          Guest Reader: Anne Newhouse, media specialist, Susan Stripling Elementary
          Leola and the Honeybears, by Melodye Benson Rosales
          Wemberley Worried, by Kevin Henkes

          Show 4 (March 4-10, airing daily at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.)
          Guest Reader: Ruth Witmer, media Specialist, J.C. Magill Elementary
          Drummer Boy: Marching to the Civil War, by Ann Turner
          Bark, George, by Jules Feiffer

          Show 5 (Mar. 11-17, airing daily at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.)
          Guest Reader: Darlene Kukulski, media specialist, Walnut Grove Elementary
          The Babe and I, by David A. Adler
          Polar Bear Son: An Inuit Tale, by Lydia Dabcovich

          GCPS Television can be found on the following Gwinnett cable channels:
          • Adelphia - Channel 20
          • AT&T - Channel 24
          • BellSouth - Channel 21
          • Charter - Channel 22