Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Last year I had quite a few students telling me that they were going to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. This year I haven’t heard from anyone that they are going! If you are going come by and tell me. I’d love to hear what authors you plan on seeing! If you were […]


Youth Media Awards Announced

Because I teach K-5 library classes I focus on the Caldecott Medal and mention the Newberry to my older students. It's not that the other awards aren't for my students it's just that it is easy to hold a Mock Caldecott for all the ages that go through my library. The day I can figure out how to do something similar for my Junior High students I will let you know. I would like to get them involved in some way! When you look at the full list of Youth Media Award winners you realize it is quite a … [Read More...]


Students Have Their Say

The results are in! St. Philip's students have spent the past month voting for the Mock Caldecott. You can read about the books they read and critiqued here. All in all I'd say we had a lot of fun. This is the second year we have held a Mock Caldecott and I am starting to get a very clear idea of the type of books our students enjoy. They like short books. It doesn't seem to matter if they are being read to or doing the reading themselves, if the book is long they start to lose interest and … [Read More...]

Mock Caldecott: It’s all about the Illustrator!

It's really cool when you think about how a book is illustrated. Sometimes the illustrator is the author of the book but other times an author writes a book, submits it to their publisher who then matches them up with an illustrator. The Illustrator is chosen because their work fits with the mood and theme of the book. Lets take a look at how some illustrators work! Here we have Katherine Roy, author and illustrator of Neighborhood Sharks. I love this book because it feels like a picture book … [Read More...]

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Mock Caldecott 2015

It is time for our now Annual Mock Caldecott! We had so much fun last year that we are doing it again. I'm still a teeny bit sad Mr. Tiger Goes Wild didn't win last year but have started to appreciate Locomotive's merits and can see why the Caldecott committee chose it. This year we have a whole new crop of books to be excited about. I have to admit I'm not sure yet what my choice will be so don't ask. Besides, I wouldn't tell you anyway! So here we go… for your … [Read More...]

School Library Journal

School Library Journal Best Books of 2014

The School Library Journal came out with their list of best books from 2014. They look at Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult and Nonfiction book that have received stared reviews and narrow it down from there. In the end they selected 70 books out of the 250 stared books. "These 70 books distinguish themselves in terms of writing, art, design, storytelling, originality, and appeal". What do you think of the list? Slideshow of SLJ's Best Books of 2014 … [Read More...]


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