Read On Wisconsin (ROW) is a state-wide literacy program, initially created by former Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle. In 2011, administration of the ROW program was taken over by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ROW program promotes high-quality books for children and teens. Each month features one or more Read On Wisconsin titles for children and teens in five different age-level groups.
Prior to the 2018-2019 ROW season, books were selected by a Read On Wisconsin Literacy Advisory Committee – a talented group of teachers, librarians and other child and literacy specialists from across the state . Committee members read, discussed and chose the ROW titles from a preliminary list of books created by the CCBC librarians with input from advisory commitee members.
Beginning with the 2018-2019 year, ROW titles are selected annually by the librarians at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education from their annual CCBC Choices publication.
Initially a book club for youth, ROW has shifted its focus to identifying engaging books that adults who work with children and teens can use in storytime, discussion groups, read-alouds, and more. (Check out the student-made booktrailers that have come out of adults working with youth on ROW activities in various parts of the state.)
TeachingBooks.net offers hundreds of resources for the ROW titles. Visit our Pinterest or follow us on Twitter to keep updated about titles, resources and activities. We hope you’ll choose these books as read-alouds or book discussion selections, feature them in displays, or highlight them in other ways as you connect Wisconsin children and teens with books in your library or classroom.
The CCBC’s partners for Read On Wisconsin include the Division of Media, Educational Resources and Information Technology (MERIT) of the School of Education at the UW-Madison; the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology; and TeachingBooks.net. The Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association is a Read On Wisconsin sponsor.