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Extensive Reading Foundation

Extensive Reading Foundation is an International organization whose purpose is to support and promote extensive reading.

One Foundation initiative is the annual Language Learner Literature Award for the best new works in English.  Through the Language Learner Literature Awards, the Extensive Reading Foundation has, since 2004, recognized the best graded readers of the previous year, with awards for each language level, voted online by students and teachers from all over the world.


In the past years, the New ELI Readers Series have won different awards:



Author: Michael Lacey Freeman
Illustrator: Zosia Dzierzawska

Judge’s comment: A touching and wonderful true story about friendship, bullying, school and family. Reading this book is like reading a diary, with beautiful pictures and small drawings.

On-line voter’s comment: The very good thing about the book is that it is about a very relevant theme, bullying and surviving it. Students involved in discussions eagerly while trying this in class as many could identify with many of the situations themselves. Going beyond language, it is very motivational for learners who are insecure in many ways.


Granny Fixit and the Monkey

Author: Jane Cadwallader
Illustrator: Gustavo Mazali

Judges’ comment: The book has themes that tend to be popular with children around the world – mischievous monkeys and an outing with a grandparent. The story embraces a kind of silliness that many very young learners will identify with. The writing is easy to read because of rhythmic repetition and correct word choice for the level. The illustrations are fun, and detailed enough to help the reader guess unknown words from the picture context.


The Canterbury Tales

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Retold by: Michael Lacey Freeman
Illustrator: Simone Massoni

Judges’ comment: The Canterbury Tales is a well-written book with effective illustrations where the colorful characters stand out from the black and white backdrop. The limited new vocabulary makes this book a comfortable read for beginners who have moved into chapter books. This classic tale is written in a simple grammatical format that flows smoothly. Also, the person’s name is used more often than the pronoun, which is helpful in understanding the story. The book itself tends to be a little long but it is divided up into different stories. The length should not be a problem for the higher level beginners.


Anne of Green Gables 

Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Retold by: Michael Lacey Freeman.
Illustrator: Gaia Bordicchia.

Judge’s comment: This excellent book simply but engagingly retells the story of Anne and her relationships with Marilla, Matthew and the community and environment around her. Readers will get a good sense of the charm and scope of the original. The cute illustrations are aimed at younger readers, but older readers will equally enjoy the story and look forward to reading the original.

On-line voter’s comment: Anne’s feelings often go up and down. She makes many mistakes or does surprising things, so the story develops one thing after another. It is interesting for me. I can see Anne’s kindness and childlike character. I also can see the process of building good relationships between Anne and many other people. This story makes my mind warm. This is a good story.


The Canterville Ghost

By Oscar Wilde.
Retold by Jane Cadwallader. 
Illustrated by Gustavo Mazali.

Judges’ comment: Beautifully illustrated, fast-moving story of the Otis family and Sir Simon, the ghost. Do they just see past each other?


White Fang 

By Jack London.
Retold by Jane Cadwallader. 
Illustrated by Gustavo Mazali. 

Judges’ comment: Well-managed retelling of a classic story of love, respect, and loyalty between people and animals. We promise you’ll keep turning the pages quickly. 


Gulliver’s Travels

By Jonathan Swift.
Retold by Janet Borsbey and Ruth Swan.
Illustrated by Simone Massoni. 

Judges’ comment: This is an excellent re-telling of the classic story, with good clarity and language control. Including several of Gulliver’s journeys, it goes much farther than some other “simple” versions in familiarizing readers with the scope of this important cultural point of reference, and with the thrust of Swift’s social commentary.


The Great Gatsby

By Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Adaptation and activities by
Richard J. Larkhman.
Illustrated by Rodolfo Brocchini.

Judges’ comment: Judges’ comment: Richard Larkham should be very proud of his excellent adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. Gatsby, the dreamer, lives in a magnificent house and can buy anything he wants — except for one thing…


Uncle Jack and the Meerkats

By Jane Cadwallader
Illustrated by Gustavo Mazali.

Judges’ comment: This story is good for young learners because it is a nice mixture of adventure, fantasy and reality, with an animal conservation angle. It also has a cool family theme and intelligent child characters. Well-written, nice design and fun to read.