Once again it is time to read and vote on picture books for the Mock Caldecott. In case you forgot, every January the American Library Association (ALA) holds the Youth Media Awards to celebrate children's book authors and illustrators. One award that is given is called the Caldecott Award. As a school we evaluate on... Continue Reading →
Mock Caldecott Time!
After taking a year off, we are back once again with the Mock Caldecott. In case you forgot what that is every January the American Library Association (ALA) holds the Youth Media Awards to celebrate children's book authors and illustrators. What are the Youth Media Awards? You've probably heard about the Newberry, given to children's... Continue Reading →
Mock Caldecott Results
After a break from Mock Caldecott we held it again this year. The Learning Commons allowed all students to be involved. Just like previous years the students voted on preselected books. They were asked to read the book and then critique it with a series of questions based on the Caldecott criteria. This year we... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
All Things Caldecott: Mock and Real Results.
I finished counting all the votes and tally's for our Mock Caldecott just in time to watch the real event online. I was very surprised by the book St. Philip Students chose. I knew they liked the book but I didn't realize they loved the illustrations so much that it was the clear winner. But... Continue Reading →
REMINDER: Caldecott Announcements
Officially, the Caldecott Medal is part of the Youth Media Awards. Each year the American Library Association honors books, videos and other materials for children and teens. Perhaps the most famous of these awards are the Newbery for distinguished children's book and Caldecott for exceptional illustrations in a children's book. There are other important awards... Continue Reading →
2014 Mock Caldecott
The choosing of the Caldecott Medal recipient is just around the corner. Like libraries all over the country, we are holding a Mock Caldecott to see which picture book St. Philip students would choose to win the Caldecott Medal. This week all library classes are looking at the criteria for receiving the award. The next... Continue Reading →
WINNER Caldecott Giveaway
WE HAVE A WINNER! As the rules stated, you had to be a St. Philip's student and a subscriber to win. I looked at my list of subscribers and only counted the comments from them. I assigned a number to each comment that counted in order from first to last. Then used random.org to... Continue Reading →
Newberry Giveaway Winner
Our first giveaway was a lot of fun for me. I'd say it was a small success with about 25 entries. I would love to hear your feedback about using Rafflecopter. Was it too confusing? Was it too hard to have entries that might require your parents help? Let me know what you think! If... Continue Reading →
Newbery Medal Giveaway!!!!
In honor of the Newbery Medal 2013 book, St. Philip the Apostle school and The Falcon's Fables are giving away The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate to one lucky St. Philip the Apostle School student. To read all about this life changing book see last weeks blog post. We are using Rafflecopter for... Continue Reading →
The One and Only Ivan
Yesterday the Newbery and Caldecott medal winners were announced at The American Library Association's Mid Winter Meeting. I was beyond excited to hear that The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate took top honors, winning the Newbery Medal. It is the story of Ivan, a silverback gorilla living at a run down circus themed... Continue Reading →