Palos School District 118 board member Cathy Maier presents the award for best science fiction novel at the 2012 Academy Awards for Books. | Supplied photo
Updated: June 20, 2013 6:09AM
Fifth-graders at Palos East Elementary School recently celebrated their reading achievements at the 14th Annual Academy Awards for Books.
The purpose of the show is to celebrate and promote lifetime reading. Each quarter, fifth-graders are required to read and report on three to four books from different genres to expose them to a variety of literature.
The students nominate and vote on their favorite books in 24 different categories, which culminates with an Academy Awards-style show complete with red carpet, hosts, “Oscar” trophies, and even paparazzi upon entrance.
Parents of fifth-graders and fourth-grade students are invited to attend the student-driven ceremony with “celebrity” presenters, including district administrators, board members, teachers and local dignitaries.
If a student’s nomination wins in its category, the student is presented with an Oscar trophy and makes a short acceptance speech.
Jolene Laka, fifth-grade teacher, and the fifth-grade teaching team coordinate the show each year.
Last year, “Knuckleheads” by Jon Scieszka was the favorite novel, capturing five Oscars. Other categories include Best Nonfiction, Best Read Aloud, Best Sports Fiction, and Best Author.
“I look forward to the show each year,” Supt. Joseph Dubec said. “The students do a fantastic job, and it is a wonderful way to celebrate their reading accomplishments.”