Mrs. Way's 4th grade class just had a great Mystery Skype with a group of 4th graders at Beebe Elementary School in Beebe, Arkansas! We were so excited to finally get to Skype - we were originally planning on Skyping last week but the weather had other plans for us. Mrs. Way's class did an awesome job asking the other class questions about where they were and, at the end of the Skype, we learned some interesting facts about Arkansas! Thank you to Dawn Clevenger and her 4th graders at Beebe Elementary for a wonderful Skype!
Today in the library, Mrs. Clairmont's 2nd graders learned a lot about sharks from a shark expert! Jillian Morris, who works for Sharks4Kids, took the time today to Skype with the class and share a lot of great information about sharks, including different types of sharks, why sharks are important, and how we can keep them safe.
Last week in the library, Mrs. Clairmont's class had read the book Land Shark by Beth Ferry. Land Shark, which is one of the current Chickadee Book Award reading list books, is a fictional story about a boy who really wants a pet shark. After reading this book together, I showed the class some nonfiction shark books so that we could learn some facts about sharks. Today's Skype helped us learn more about sharks as well. It was great to learn more about these amazing fish from an expert!
Thank you Jillian for helping us learn more about sharks today!
Congratulations to the newest Caldecott & Newbery award winners! On Monday the winning books, and honor books, were announced. It was so exciting to find out which books had been chosen.
The winner of the 2017 Caldecott Medal is:
The 2017 Caldecott Honor books are:
The 2017 Newbery Medal winner is:
The 2017 Newbery Honor books are:
Congratulations to all the winners! A special congratulations to Maine author Ashley Bryan for his Newbery Honor book, Freedom Over Me
Our Hollis kindergartners are learning about the Caldecott Award in the library! I'm so excited to be sharing some of these wonderful books, with their award-winning illustrations, to our growing readers. This week, after learning about how the Caldecott is a special book award given to illustrators of outstanding books, I shared my favorite Caldecott winning book, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
After reading this wonderful book, our kindergartners got to create monsters of their own using paper plates and a variety of monster parts! They did a great job making their very creative monsters!
This week three George E. Jack classes had author Skypes! It is always very exciting to meet an author and Skype certainly allows us the opportunity to chat with authors in all parts of our nation and, occasionally, in other parts of the world!
Our first Skype this week was when Mrs. Fries' 4th grade Skyped with Eric Luper, author of the Key Hunter series. One interesting thing we learned about Mr. Luper is that he's also a chiropractor! To learn more about Eric Luper, click here to visit his website.
Our Skypes didn't end there! Later that day, Mrs. Lucy's class Skyped with nonfiction author Jennifer Swanson. She's written some great books, including Brain Games, but the class was most interested to learn about all the microscopic creatures living around us! To learn more about Jennifer Swanson, click here to visit her website.
Today, Mrs. Johns' 4th graders had a Skype with Suzanne Selfors. Among her many books is the Imaginary Veterinary series. Our class learned that the idea for that series came to her when she was sitting in her veterinarian's office with one of her pets. To learn more about Suzanne Selfors, click here to visit her website.
Thank you so much to these three wonderful authors for taking the time to Skype with our classes!
In just two weeks we will learn the winners of many book awards, including the Caldecott! Hollis 4th graders got to practice being book judges last week by participating in a mock Caldecott. After looking at 15 books that are eligible to win the Caldecott, each student voted for their favorites. The book with the most votes was awarded the Hollis Mock Caldecott Medal winner and the books with the next highest number of votes were named Hollis Mock Caldecott Honor books.
Check back after January 23rd to find out if any of our predictions are announced as Caldecott Medal or Honor books at the upcoming ALA Midwinter meeting!
Our 2017 Hollis Mock Caldecott Medal Winner is:
by Joyce Sidman
illustrated by Beth Krommes
Our 2017 Hollis Mock Caldecott Honor Books
The Secret Subway
by Shana Corey
illustrated by Red Nose Studio
Samson in the Snow
by Philip C. Stead
Flora and the Peacocks
by Molly Idle
Cleonardo the Little Inventor
by Mary GrandPre
Did you know that books can win awards? There are many national and state awards that recognize the authors and illustrators of outstanding books. Two of the most popular national awards for children's books are the Newbery and Caldecott, which are awarded every January at the American Libary Association Midwinter meeting. The Newbery Medal is awarded to the author of what is chosen as the best children's book of the year, while the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the illustrator of the book that is selected as the best picture book of the year. Other children's book awards presented at this time include the Coretta Scott King, Sibert, and Geisel awards. Winning one of these awards is a huge honor for authors and illustrators of children's books. I always look forward to finding out who the newest winners are!
While the national book awards are chosen by judges who are book experts, at the state level we have book awards where our young readers get to be the judges! The Chickadee Book Award is for readers in Maine who are in grades K - 4. The Chickadee Book Award reading list is comprised of 10 picture books (fiction and nonfiction) published in the previous year. Students get to vote for their favorite from this list. The winner is the book with the most total votes for the entire state. Similar to the Chickadee, but for older readers, is the Maine Student Book Award. The Maine Student Book Award is for readers in grades 4 -8 and, like the Chickadee, participating students get to vote for their favorite from a reading list. To participate in the Maine Student Book Award, students must read at least three books from the current list. Both awards are a great opportunity for young readers to be book award judges!