Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mock Caldecott Unit for Kindergarten

Over the next few weeks I'll be adding resources to this space that you may steal, er, borrow, to create your own Caldecott Unit.  None of these ideas are particularly original; I hope you find some of these resources useful!  Do you have any mock Caldecott ideas you'd like to share?

Here is my first document which will be the first page of my students' Caldecott "book":
Name Your Own Medal


My kindergarten classes and I have now read three books that I feel are Caldecott contenders.  Here are the sheets they used to create two more pages for their Caldecott books:

Grandpa Green

We also read Perfect Square by Michael Hall.  My students then deconstructed their own perfect squares and reassembled them by gluing them to a sheet of construction paper.  This will be the fourth page of their Caldecott book.

As January 23rd approaches I have just one wish:  oh please let at least one of the books we've looked at win a Caldecott something! :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday Soup: In My Mailbox - Bigger Than A Bread Box

Are we talking resolutions yet?  Because one of mine will be sharing, in a more timely fashion, books that I have received.  Each of these books that I will be highlighting over the next few days came my way thanks to the generosity of a publisher (with the author putting in a good word), an author, and a tweep.  I love my PLN!

Title:   Bigger Than a Breadbox
Year Published: 2011

Author:  Laurel Snyder
You May Know Her:  as the author of Penny Dreadful and Baxter:  The Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher
You May Find Her:  at her blog and on twitter at @laurelsnyder

Illustrator (Cover art):  Steve James
You May Know Him: from his blog.
You May Find Him:  at his blog and...?

Review You May Not Have Seen: 

The Delta/Plus
The fabulousity of Bigger Than a Bread Box is now old news, but in this case old news is still news!  This was one of the best books I've read in 2011.  It fits into my new fiction genre: realistic fantasy (along with my favorite book When You Reach Me which fits into my other new fiction genre, realistic science fiction).  

This book is very tightly written, each and every word counts, and it drew me right in (I have to say that I'm lazy and in general cannot wait 'til halfway through a book for the action to get crackin').  Tiny details add to the books believability.

There is not a thing I would change about Bigger Than a Bread Box.  To me, even the cover art added to the book's appeal.  It fits the feel of the book exactly and gives you the sensation that you are literally being drawn into the book and into Rebecca's story.  It reminds me of a Brian Selznick cover, especially those that he did for Andrew Clements' books such as Frindle and A School Story.

15 Second Book Talk in the Stacks (These are when I'm in the book stacks with my students and they hold out a book to me and say, "Have you read this one, Mrs. Blaine?".  I have about 15 seconds.):  

"I loved this book.  This is about a girl who moves with her Mom and brother to her grandmother's house in Atlanta because her parents are having problems and she finds a magical breadbox in the attic and anything she wishes for shows up in the breadbox, but imagine what happens if you got everything you wished for and what if your biggest wish might not come true?"

From the the cover to the writing, Bigger Than a Bread Box gets five out of five Dog Ears from me!

Thank you Random House for this gratis, no-strings-attached, copy of Bigger Than a Bread Box!

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