I’ve heard about doing a Mock Caldecott, and wondered what the process was like. I read two great blogs that gave me some insight into what it takes. I really liked how The Busy Librarian incorporated his students in the entire process. They did everything from the evaluation to creating the award stickers. I would love to do something like this in my classroom. Activities like this are great because you can ‘hide’ the standards. The students won’t realize they are learning how to critically evaluate texts if they are focused on selecting their award winners! I think one of the harder parts would be showing students how to evaluate a book (the things they should look at, and not just picking it because it’s their favorite, or their buddy told them to). However, once you got a rubric down, it would make things easier. Maybe I’m not thinking this through enough, but I really don’t know what the challenges would be! This seems like it would be an activity that would go over really well. Seeing the actual winners would be a really fun way to culminate an activity like this.
Mr. Schu’s list of nominees held a lot of books that I have not heard of before. However, they looked like worthy contestants! I would like to read Yard Sale by Eve Bunting. I have read some of her other books before and enjoyed them. I would also like to read Leo: A Ghost Story–the book trailer sold me! I think the books trailers are so cool. They would be fun to use at the beginning of a lesson to motivate your students about a book you plan to read. Last, I would want to read My Cousin Momo, purely based on the cover.
I mean, look at this face! How could you not?
Take a peak at Mr. Schu’s list and let me know what books interest you!