And the Winner is…! Second Graders Learn About Children’s Literature Awards
In early November, second grade students visited the Society of Illustrators for The Original Art Exhibit, which showcases art from the year’s best children’s books as determined by a jury of outstanding illustrators, art directors, and editors. This trip was a kick-off to our Caldecott Medal unit in Library Studies. The Caldecott Medal is one of the oldest and most well-known awards in the world of children’s literature. During this trip, the students were able to get an up-close look at the beautiful artwork from some of their favorite picture books published in 2019. During our weekly library lessons, students have been participating in a Mock Caldecott Committee. In this unit, students learn about the history and importance of the award and different types of art mediums and techniques used by illustrators. Together we have read, examined, and rated the artwork from seven picture books that may be chosen as winners at this year’s ALA Youth Media Awards, which includes several different awards, including the Newbury Award, the Coretta Scott King Awards, and others. Students will soon vote and select MMS’s Gold Medal and Honor Medal winners for the year of 2020. Stay tuned to find out which titles students at MMS have selected as 2020 winners.
The contenders are:
- Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins
- A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel
- The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson
- The Scarecrow by Beth Ferry and The Fan Brothers
- Explorers by Matthew Cordell
- Rabbit and the Motorbike by Kate Hoefler and Sarah Jacoby
- Who Wet My Pants by Bob Shea and Zachariah Ohora
Ask your child which book is their favorite….
By Ms. Mbaye, MMS Librarian