Today I am celebrating another successful #MockCaldecott experience with my class! There is much joy in watching children become so excited about books!
This year we had 12 contenders. In the 2 weeks leading up to the holiday break, we read a book each day, sometimes two. We appreciated the story for the story’s sake. These are fantastic stories! But we also paid attention to everything about the illustrations. We talked book jackets, surprises under the covers, end pages, spotlight pages, use of colour, mood, details, style, etc. We talked about preferences. We wondered why illustrators chose the colours that they did. We talked about wow pages that made us gasp. Lots of reading. Lots of talking. Lots of looking closely.
Voting was a careful process. We picture walked each book again and answered 3 questions on a 5 point scale.
This book is a book kids will really like. 1 2 3 4 5
The illustrations in this book are excellent. 1 2 3 4 5
The illustrations are a great fit for the story. 1 2 3 4 5
After the holidays, we revisited our ratings over a morning of looking carefully through the books again. Some ratings were adjusted. Other students held fast to their initial decisions. At this point students were asked to choose their 2 favourites. Not easy!
These boys revisited the illustrations in Emmanuel’s Dream
Looking at tiny details in The Whisper
Rereading Wolfie the Bunny together
Recreating a favourite illustration from The Skunk
Choosing favourites and adding detailed comments.
I tabulated all of the scores and determined final winners. Top pick choices from each student were also a part of the final tabulations.
Our winners were:
Our #MockCaldecott medal went to
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson
Wolfie the Bunnie written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah Ohora
Lenny and Lucy written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead
We were pretty excited to hear the winners announced!
Although some students were pretty sure other titles should have been honoured.
Special Delivery was one of the first titles we read and it remained a favourite all the way through for this student!
It is wonderful when the authors and illustrators respond!
@CarrieGelson That’s super sweet! Please give this cute kiddo my greatest thanks and a hearty CHUGGA CHUGGA CHUGGA! 🙂 🙂
— Matthew Cordell (@cordellmatthew) January 8, 2016
THOSE SMILES, @CarrieGelson! ❤️! THANKS for the WOLFIE #MockCaldecott cheer! SO PROUD of @ZachariahOHora, and love these other books, too! — Ame Dyckman (@AmeDyckman) January 8, 2016
This is wonderful! What a great line up! Thank you! https://t.co/09vHzRmWxa
— Julia Sarcone-Roach (@HousecatManor) January 8, 2016
Some comments from my students:
About The Bear Ate Your Sandwich:
“Kids like finding the bear in all of the different spots on some of the pages.”
“There is lots to watch about ears.”
About Lenny & Lucy
“I liked that some pages were not busy and others were. Sometimes it was just small colours. The forest was grey and each page grows more colours.”
“I loved when a little boy made a guard. He wasn’t good enough so he made two.”
About Last Stop on Market Street:
“The pictures show the taking care of people who have no homes and I realize that’s caring. I like the page with the sun and the birds. It is so big and beautiful.”
“Kids will love these pictures because you know . . . the tattoo man!”
About Special Delivery:
“The artist paints outside the lines, all squiggly. I liked that.”
About The Night World:
“It has stars on the end pages.”
“The stars look snowy.”
“I like all of that dark!”
Growing readers. Honouring books. Sharing in our community. This is certainly something to celebrate!
Thank you to Ruth Ayres and the #celebratelu community!
Being part of a community that regularly shares gratitude and celebrations truly transforms my weeks.
Great choices, kids!! 🙂
They are pretty brilliant aren’t they?
Yay! I celebrated our Mock results too. 🙂 It was so fun to do this for the first time.
This was your first year? It is my second. One of my very favourite things!
I have to say this again – the smiles on your kids faces and their expressions as they read say everything about how you have fostered a love of reading in your room. Just lovely.
Thanks Tara. I must say that this year I have worked REALLY hard to foster that love of reading. And, yes, it feels like it is happening. I am honestly over the moon.
Wonderful to see the pictures with excitement, joy & serious deliberation, Carrie. I love all those books, but still hoping for some recognition of Lenny & Lucy!
I must admit I am a serious Lenny & Lucy fan. It is such a beautiful book and children LOVE it. It really strikes a chord with them.
You have empowered your students to share their voice and choice in an incredible authentic way. This says without a doubt #youmatter.
Faige, It is so important to me that my students feel like they have voice. And this definitely makes a difference – voting, sharing ideas, reflecting on preferences.
I love the tattoo man comment 🙂
I think doing these mock units is such a wonderful close reading study.
I’ll celebrate mine next week. The students voted yesterday but we won’t reveal the winners until Tuesday at our whole school assembly!
Oh, my, my! The anticipation must be very exciting! I can’t wait to hear what your students chose! You already know I am thinking . . .
Growing readers. Honoring books. You do both so well. Thanks to you, I’ve read all the titles in your Mock Newbery. Love following your lead as you share books with our community!
Thanks so much Ramona! I hope you loved them like we do!
I love it when children become mini-critics able to discern which books are top contenders for awards and publicize the news. Real-world activity with merit!
It was a really meaningful activity for us!
I would love to be a student in your classroom! You bring a love of reading to life. 🙂
Thank you Jennifer. I try! It is the single most important thing in my classroom – other than of course our feeling of community. So becoming a reading community is, well, the BIG thing!
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So much JOY here! I love the process and thoughtfulness your kiddos took in their selection. What wonderful readers and writers they are. Lucky them, lucky us to have all those books and you to guide us in appreciation!
So true. We are blessed with so many fantastic titles! And we did have LOTS of joy!