Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mock Caldecott...and Teacher Lunch!

There is nothing like the buzz of "Caldecott" throughout the library...and our library is a-buzz!

We are in the middle of our Mock Caldecott unit.  A unit of study where we use the same criteria to judge our picture book selections as the actual Caldecott committee members.

After our own personal reading, talking with colleagues and reading blogs and reviews, Carrie Davies (@readwithdavies) and I selected eighteen books that we felt were good examples of "Caldecott-worthy".

Each grade (in age appropriate lessons) will be reading, discussing and analyzing each title and evaluating it with a "kid friendly" version of the Caldecott criteria.

Here are our Mock Caldecott selections:

Today, I had a Mock Caldecott luncheon for my teachers.  How awesome that 21 teachers gave up their lunch to come to the library! My principal graciously agreed to pay for pizza and salad.

We reviewed the criteria...

Handed out the rubrics...

and then spent the remainder of the lunch reading and evaluating...

I am very fortunate to work with a staff that is dedicated to students and to their literacy development. They are awesome!!!

Stay tuned for a future post where I will share our "winner" and some insight and feedback from our students!