This week we were assigned to read two articles. One was about a teacher who decided he wanted to do his own mock Caldecott book ratings. He decided to have the second graders from his school participate in this and have them rate the books he chose from 1-5 for illustrations and then 1-5 on the story. He got two copies of each book and circulated them around for each classroom. The kids would read the book and as a class they would rate the books. Travis (the teacher) found picking out the books to be the hardest part of this mock trial. He had to make sure he picked books that really had a chance to win the Caldecott award.
I think doing a mock Caldecott book rating would be such a good idea for my classroom. I can see it being such a great way to get kids reading and excited about it. It would be perfect for a bigger school system that had many level of a single grade. If you chose a school with only 1 class of a grade level it could be more difficult because then there would really only be that class judging the books.
If you could find a school with enough classes this would be a great way to have the kids really give their opinions on different books. Kids might even realize they like a certain kind of book and start reading more. They might even refer a book to a friend. You never know.
The second article we read was an article from Mr. Schu. He made a list of books he thought he would use for a mock Caldecott as well. He chose some great books to use for his and I loved that he put a book trailer with almost every book and really took the time to talk to us about most of them. If I had to pick a few books from his list to use for my own mock Caldecott I would have to pick,
- A Boy, a Mouse, & a Spider: The Story of E.B. White by Barbara Herkert; illustrated by Lauren Castillo – This author is the same author who wrote Charlotte’s Web and so I think that this would be just a fun interesting book for kids to read. The illustrations that he pictures with the book look really simple but detailed at the same time.
- All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle; illustrated by Mike Curato – There isn’t a description that goes with this book but just looking at the front cover of it I was wowed. The detail that was on the cover of that book just made me want to read it for myself.
- That Neighbor Kid by Daniel Miyares – Once again this book doesn’t have a description with it but the art done on the cover just blew me away and I just knew that I wanted to read this for myself.