Trying something a little new… a bit of a Story Time re-think… re-vamp… some of our Wiggleworms who are approaching (or have just hit) the age of FIVE are not having FUN with a couple of our routines, which just won’t do! So this week (well, it was a few weeks ago – I am still catching up here!) we tried reading more than one book in a row *gasp* cut back on our songs and chants, brought back the craft… and it worked great. Sometimes a change is as good as a break and in this case we have had both, haven’t we?!?
The 2015 Caldecott Awards for the most distinguished American picture book for children were awarded earlier in the week, but the Wiggleworms didn’t know that – so I selected FIVE books that had been on many other Story Time short lists, including the book that won this year’s award. After a brief explanation of the awards we decided we would have our own vote.
Here are the books:
This sweet and gentle book shows a beautiful relationship between grandmother and grandchild. Set in New York City the artwork is stunning and the story is very sweet. The kids loved the cape and were very attentive.
Beekle is the story of an imaginary friend finding his kid. It is clever and kind and the colors are gorgeous. The Wiggleworms LOVED this book.
Using very few words and strong imagery this book tells the story of one boy’s emotional move to a new home. The kids were riveted and clearly moved by the sadness in the beginning. Then they were relived and happy when the boy finds a new friend in his new home. This is a wonderful read-aloud.
WOW! We made it through THREE BOOKS IN A ROW without needing to move! Together we chose a few Banana Break songs to get the sillies out and then the kids wanted to get back to the books!
Mac Barnett is one of my all time favorites and this fun book does not disappoint. The story is simple – two friends dig a hole – but the kids LOVED the illustrations, which tell a whole other story. They were highly amused but riveted.
This is a counting book with a story – a young boy is looking for his dragon and needs help. Along the way we counted different objects within the fanciful artwork. The drawings are intricate and fascinating in black and white with pops of color. The kids thought this book was hysterical. The bright green dragon is very easy to find on each page, but the Wiggleworms reveled in the amusing places and ways the dragon was ‘hidden.’
CRAFT: DIY Mock Caldecott Medals
Everyone has been missing crafting together, so we are going to try bringing the craft back! This week we decorated our own medals, cut them out with SCISSORS *gasp* and then each Wiggleworm voted for his or her choice for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.
The 2015 Newtown Library Company Mock Caldecott Awards:
In first place: Have You Seen My Dragon by Steve Light – this book won by a LANDSLIDE.
Tied for second place: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen AND Good Bye, Bad Bye by Deborah Underwood and Jonathan Been.
The 2015 Caldecott Awards and Honors:
Caldecott Medal: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
Nana in the City written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPré
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Viva Frida written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
How It Went:
It went GREAT. Kids totally attentive. The results were not at all what the real committee picked, but the kids had absolutely no interest in which books were awarded the official Caldecotts. They knew what they liked and begged for an encore reading of Have You Seen My Dragon? Just goes to show…