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And the winner is ...

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Award winning books are a treat to read and share with the students. With my younger students we've been focusing on the Caldecott winners. For the past few weeks we looked at the criteria, and I 'borrowed' alistfrom a fellow'Busy' librarian Matthew Winner. The criteria can be simplified and is: books kids like, excellent illustrations, illustrations help explain the story and a really good plot.


During lessons I shared the 'Three Pigs' by David Weisner
and 'Creepy Carrots' by Aaron Reynolds. We used the criteria checklist to see if we could figure out why the books had one. Students had an opportunity to talk about plot and illustrations while sitting knee to knee. Then they put the criteria into practice, they used small checklists and selected their own books that they thought should be winners. I made the checklists into little bookmarks with a blurb at the bottom telling parents about the award in the hopes that they would discuss it at home.

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