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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.


The New ELI Readers Series have won different awards:


Juanita and her alpaca

2019 Awards

Author: Rossella Panuzzo
Illustrator: Matteo Piana


Judge’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.


 PB3 and the Fish

2019 Awards

Author: Jane Cadwallader
Illustrator: Gustavo Mazali


Judge’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.


Granny Fixit and the Viking Children

2018 Awards

Author: Jane Cadwallader
Illustrator: Gustavo Mazali


Judge’s comment: The story is simple and relatable. It is very engaging based on everyday life situations. Every child loves his granny so the idea to have granny as the main character is brilliant. This book incorporates values of open-mindedness, resourcefulness and friendship. The part when the kids save the dolphin is very touching. It will surely touch the heart of the young readers. Showing kindness to animals is a timely value that our young learners must possess. This kind of book is very useful for kids to learn not only the language but also values. Post reading activities use critical thinking. The repetitive lyrics of the song are useful for the retention of the language. Illustrations support the content.


The Boy with the Red Balloon

2018 Awards

Author: Silvana Sardi
Illustrator: María Girón


Judge’s comment: This is the story of Lizzie, a girl who has to spend the summer away from her friends, and is very unhappy about it until she meets the boy with the red balloon. Who is this lovely boy that make Lizzie forget phubbing* and the lack of wi-fi connection? The illustrations mix pictures and drawings, making faces look real and more relatable
* phubbing = slang for ignoring people to pay attention to one’s phone, from phone + snubbing


Little Red Riding Hood

2018 Awards

Author/ Adaptation: Lisa Suett
Illustrator: Elena Prette


Judge’s comment: This classic story is very entertaining. The world is hardly in need of another retelling of story. Still, the retelling is clear, and the book does a fair job of integrating a variety of engaging activities into the text. A lot of vocabulary are introduced with illustrations for familiarity. The activities are challenging, differentiated, and uses critical thinking. This book somehow exposes the young learners to different reading skills. Incorporating songs is also an effective approach to learn new vocabulary and structures


Nyangoma’s Story – A Child’s Life in Uganda

2018 Awards

Author: Jane Cadwallader
Illustrator: Gustavo Mazali


Judge’s comment: This reader combines non-fiction and fictional stylist elements to tell the everyday true story of a girl from Uganda called Nyangoma. Through photographs and illustrations, which are combined with simple but evocative text, we learn about her daily life including food, school, friends and toys. She even encounters a snake on her journey to school! Children can also compare the story to their own everyday lives and culture in their country. The book was created in association with Adelante Africa, an NGO which supports schools and communities in Uganda. In short, this fun hybrid non-fiction reader is both engaging and meaningful. Kids, as well as the parents or teachers they read it with, will all love it!



2018 Awards

Retold by: Lisa Suett
Illustrator: Chiara Nocentini


Judge’s comment: Cinderella is a tale that has been retold many times, but it does not lose it magic. There are no surprising ‘moments’ however there are special touches such as the musical spell ‘Wishes and dreams…’. The layout and production of the text is also of a high quality, so a learner won’t feel overwhelmed by the amount of text on the page. The illustrations are a plus and compliment the text. The story is clear, easy to understand, and pitched at the correct level for beginner ELL’s.


The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

2018 Awards

Author: Aesop
Adapted by: Lisa Suett
Illustrator: Andrea Rivola


Judge’s comment: Aesop’s fables are classics and this retelling of the tale is rich and clearly carries across the moral of the original tale. The language used for this tale is clear and easy to follow. The beautiful illustrations richly compliment the story. The book is well laid out with the use of margins and the spacing of the text.


The Mill on the Floss

2018 Awards

Author: George Eliot
Adapted by Michael Lacey Freeman
Illustrator: Lorenzo Conti


Judge’s comment: A poetic and impressive retelling of an old classic. A well written and easy to follow text with a bounty of social, cultural and temporal information that L2 readers would find informative and fairly entertaining. The activities seem well proportioned to the overall text, and offer the learner some valuable opportunity to think deeply about the text as well as beyond the text itself. The color illustrations are simple, yet reasonably appealing for a 21st-century reader.



2017 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.