2019 Finalists

Announcing the Finalists for the 2019

LLL Award

Every year, the Extensive Reading Foundation recognizes the best new works of language learner literature in English. From books published in 2018, the ERF judges have selected sixteen titles of particular merit–the finalists. From these sixteen, the ERF will select one winner in each of six categories taking into account the votes and comments of students and teachers of English worldwide.

All finalist books can be ordered online from the independent Cambridge International Book Centre. In Japan, the finalists can be ordered thorough the ETJ Book Service: http://www.etjbookservice.com/extensive-reading-foundation/.

If you or your students read any of the books and feel that they are worthy of the LLL Award, vote for them at:
Login with “visitor” for both the username and password. Voting closes on June 30, 2019

Winners will be announced at the Fifth Extensive Reading World Congress in Taichung, Taiwan (August 9-13, 2019), in the October 2019 EL Gazette and online.

A flyer displaying all finalists in A-4, double-sided format can be downloaded here.

 Category: Very Young Learners

(Up to age 5/ 1st grades)

VYL-Whats this What’s this?
Author: E.J.Lewis
Illustrator:Maja Sereda
Publisher: Compass Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-945387-96-8
Juror’s comment: This book is very entertaining to read. I read this book in my class and the students were so engaged especially on how the characters think about the hat. Every time I flipped the pages, the kids got excited to know what was going to happen next. The story is easy and simple yet very creative. As they read the story, kids get to imagine the things that they can associate with the hat. The repetition of the language structures make it easy to learn. Post reading activities focus on various skills from simple matching type to reading and writing words. Also, there are activities which kids can do independently and creatively. Comprehension activities like arranging events into chronological order using pictures is very good for our kids to develop their thinking skills. Illustrations are useful in understanding the story. Font size and style are appropriate for this age group.

 PB3 and the Fish
Author: Jane Cadwallader
Illustrator: Gustavo Mazali
Publisher: Young Eli Readers
ISBN: 978-88-536-2231-0
Juror’s comment: This is a story about robots, aliens, animals and children which makes it interesting for a broad group of learners. It teaches the targeted group to think about the consequences of their actions beforehand. This book is written in a good style and supported with detailed illustrations. The presentation of the story is very creative. Activities are engaging especially the role-play. Teachers and students can think of so many ways to present the story in a fun and interesting approach.

VYL-My name is Spot!My name is Spot!

Author:  Eric Hill
Series editor: Sorrel Pitts
Publisher: Ladybird Books
ISBN:  978-0-241-31609-2
Juror’s comment: The book is simple with recognizable characters. The repetition of structures help in reading and learning easy conversational language. The illustrations are beautiful and relatable which keeps it interesting. Funny characters of the story create a pleasant atmosphere. The font size and style are appropriate for this age group.

 Category: Young Learners

(ages 6-11 / 2nd-6th Grade)

YL-JUANITA Juanita and her Alpaca
Author: Rossella Panuzzo
Illustrator: Matteo Piana
Publisher: ELI Readers
ISBN: 978-88-536-2398-0
Juror’s comment: This is a wonderful story which introduces Peru, the country and its culture in a very interesting way. Not only is the language easy to understand, but also the beautiful photographs wonderfully illustrate Juanita’s daily life in the mountains of Peru. The idea of combining the real information and an illustrated Peruvian legend about the vicuna is brilliant. Readers can enjoy the story and, at the same time, learn factual information. Since this reader also includes an audio CD, children can enjoy it on their own, even if they are not yet fluent readers. This reader would really hold the children’s interest and could easily be used for storytelling, a CLIL lesson, or as part of an extensive reading library.

YL-Wake Up Wake Up, Mama!
Author: E. J. Lewis
Illustrator: Jiyun Lee
Publisher: Tip Top Readers, Compass Publishing
Juror’s comment: This interesting and hilarious story about animals and how they survive in winter is very heartwarming. The enjoyable illustrations tell an emotionally expressive story and help broaden a child’s worldview while teaching the values of affection and social bonds. It incorporates a lot of the vocabulary that young learners would already know: seasons, colors, animal names, and basic adjectives. The well-done workbook at the end (with stickers!) would be very useful for teachers who prefer to use graded readers instead of a textbook. The simple and easy-to-read text (and the option of downloadable audio) makes it an appropriate addition to a school library.

YL-Why Not Why Not Shorts?
Author: Julia Estrela
Illustrator: Sylvia Vivanco
Publisher: Tip Top Readers, Compass Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-64015-011-9
Juror’s comment: This uplifting book puts an inspiring twist on a story of a princess who insists on wearing what she wants and manages to bring the whole royal family on board. This is a simple story but has a powerful message behind it. The characters are expressively illustrated, which make the book interesting. Anna, the main character, is illustrated as happy and curious, which fits a child’s nature. It incorporates a lot of the vocabulary that young learners would already know: clothing and basic verbs and adjectives. The well-done workbook at the end (with stickers!) would be very useful for teachers who prefer to use graded readers instead of a textbook. The simple and easy-to-read text (and the option of downloadable audio) makes it an appropriate addition to a school library.

Adolescents and Adults: Beginners

(up to 300 headwords)

BEGIN-Christmas_Carol A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Adapted by: Bill Bowler
Illustrated by: Mike McCarthy
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Series and level: Dominoes – Starter
ISBN number: 978-0-19-462710-8
Jurors’ Comment: Although some beginning readers may find the length of the book a bit daunting, this excellent retelling of a beloved classic features vocabulary and grammar appropriate to the level and beautiful illustrations and glossary to support understanding. Readers will find this a rewarding read that could support later re-reading of versions at higher levels.

BEGIN-The_Big_Game The Big Game
Author: Paul Shipton
Illustrated by: Gavin Reece
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Series and level: Oxford Bookworms – Starter
ISBN number: 978-0-19-462448-0
Jurors’ Comment: Readers at the beginning level will find this an engaging, accessible story, with level-appropriate language and illustrations which effectively support understanding. The conflict and resolution will be relevant to all readers, regardless of their interest in sport.


Adolescents and Adults: Elementary

(301-800 headwords; CEF A1 & A2 levels)

ELEM-Ask Friend Ask a Friend
Author: Sue Leather
Illustrator: Jefferson Costa
Publisher: StandFor
ISBN: 978-85-96-01491-5
Juror’s comment: Contemporary, proactive and awareness-raising story of friendship and diversity. A good story about refugees and IT technology. The story is written with simple grammar and syntax using only present and present continuous tenses and without complex sentences, and the length and the level of English are appropriate for elementary level learners.

ELEM-Day_of_the_Flood The Day of the Flood
Author: Denise Kirby
Illustrator: Paul Fisher Johnson
Publisher: ILTS/ Hueber Lektüren
ISBN: 978-3-19-062997-8
Juror’s comment: The story is heart-warming and very well written. Awareness on prevention and rescue protocols will attract learners in the contemporary world with many natural disasters. Also the good illustrations will help learners to understand the story more clearly. Grammar and sentence structure are easy and manageable for elementary level learners.

ELEM_The_Quetzal_Bird_World_storiesThe Quetzal Bird and other stories
Author: Jennifer Gascoigne and Robert Hill
Illustrator: Jesus Aguado
Publisher: Vicens Vives
ISBN: 978-84-682-5870-6
Juror’s comment: Well written, interesting folk tales from all over the world. Each story will be attractive to learners. Also illustrations are very well presented and help learners to visualize the imaginary stories. Grammar and sentence structure are not too difficult for them to cope with. Appropriate glossaries at the bottom of each page will help elementary level learners.

Adolescents and Adults: Intermediate

(801-1500 headwords; CEF B1)

INTER-The Hunt The Hunt is On!
Author: Antoinette Moses & Alexander Gordon Smith
Illustrator: Gilberto Martimiano
Publisher: StandFor
ISBN: 978-85-96-01507-3
Juror’s comment: “The Hunt is on!” focuses on a huge game created by a teenager, Byte, passionate about video game design and computers. He’s employed by two wealthy siblings, Flint and Morgan Castello, to bring his game “The Hunt” to real life, but everything takes a horrible turn once the competition begins. Together with Paloma, one of the players, he tries to bring everything on the right path and escape the danger, Flint and Maximo. The story has plenty of details and it successfully placed me in the universe of “The Hunt”, along with its characters, and it kept me hooked until the very end. Besides the quality of the story itself, one thing I adore is the artwork and the design of the book.

INTER-Anne_Frank The Life and Diaries of Anne Frank
Author: Rachel Bladon
Illustrator: Peter Bull
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-402285-9
Juror’s comment: This is a story about the real events that happened around the life of Anne Frank, during the Nazi period. A friendly and cheerful girl that had to go through hell and never made it out alive. While she was hiding together with her family like many other Jewish families, Anne wrote diaries which described her life, and the hopes, fears and dreams of a teenage girl in absolutely horrible times. Overall it’s an inspiring book which brings back real and devastating events, stories which should be alive nowadays.

INTER-oldjacks Old Jack’s Ghost Stories from Japan
Author: Colin Dixon
Publisher: I Talk You Talk Press
ISBN: 978-4-907056-65-0
Juror’s comment: Readers who love ghost stories should read Old Jack’s Ghost Stories from Japan. The six ghost stories were told while Old Jack was travelling to the places where the stories had happened. This means the readers can imagine being the Old Jack and experiencing the same experience as him. Reading the book, the readers will not only get the scary sensation of the story, but also learn the Japanese culture.

Adolescents and Adults: Upper intermediate and Advanced

(1501+ headwords; CEF B2, C1, C2)

LE_ Haciendo el camino_ COVER.inddFar from the Madding Crowd
Author: Thomas Hardy
Retold by: Janet Cameron
Illustrator: Ivan Canu
Publisher: Black Cat
ISBN: 978-88-530-1721-5-E
Juror’s comment: ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ is one of the well-known novels of Thomas Hardy, and this adapted version is a good one, too. The independence of the main female character, who manages her own business, and has multiple men interested in her, makes this famous novel still relevant and appealing. Overall, this graded reader is quite well-written and it could be quite a good read.

UPPER-GuardiansGalaxy2Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Author: James Gunn
Retold by: Lynda Edwards
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 978-1-2922-06295
Juror’s comment: Undisputedly, the topic of ‘the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ is quite alluring for adolescents and adults since most of them like fiction and the Marvel series. This graded reader is quite readable and the quality is good. The quality of illustrations is very good; they are so vivid. The dialogue is realistic, the characters are quite interesting and the narrative moves at an appealing pace. The stories are retold well with twists of plot to maintain interest in spite of the fantastical nature of the context and characters. There is development of the main character(s) and the stark contrasts of good and evil characters is to be expected in this type of fantasy space fiction. It was a pleasure to read through the chapters without interruption of exercises and background explanations.

UPPER-ontherun On the Run
Author: Patricia Murrow
Publisher: I Talk You Talk Press
ISBN: 978-4-909733-17-7
Juror’s comment: This graded reader is a modern mystery book, which is likely to be interesting for many learners. More specifically, the characters are interestingly differentiated, the pace is fast and the descriptions are concisely effective in achieving visualization. The book is likely to be readable for learners of this level. Overall, this is a very good read; it is level appropriate and the general design is good as well. This reader is so believable and gripping (most of the time) that one might forget s/he is reading an extensive reader.

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