Friday, December 27, 2013

Mock Caldecott 2014

Once again I have organized a Mock Caldecott for the second grade classes to participate in at my school.  Last year was the first time and I learned a lot, so I have made some changes that I hope will help out with the voting.  First, I set up the reading and voting schedule so that 2 books will be read and discussed together.  By comparing 2 books at a time, I hope to prevent students giving every book a top score!  I also changed the scoring system.  Each book will be scored from 1 - 3, on 3 separate questions.  Last year the scores were from 1-5 and we scored the story and illustrations.  You will notice 2 of the questions are regarding the illustrations.  Finally, this year every students will score every book.  Last year each class scored each book.  This made it very difficult to come up with a score, since classmates couldn't agree!

Thanks so much to all the book bloggers and twitter folks who inspire me each and every day.  In particular, Travis Jonker, author of 100 Scope Notes and Mr. Schu at Watch. Connect. Read who shared the idea of a Mock Caldecott.

Selecting the 20 books was so very difficult.  It was important to me to include a variety of different styles of illustrations and also include books that I thought second graders would enjoy.  So, here's our Mock Caldecott Nominees!

·      Niño Wrestles The World by Yuyi Morales

·      Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci and illustrated by Sara Varon

·      Building Our House by Jonathan Bean

·      Locomotive by Brian Floca

·      Frog Song by Brenda Guiberson and illustrated by Gennady Spirin

·  The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill McElmurry

·      The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

Hello, My Name is Ruby By Philip C. Stead

·      Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

·      The Beginner’s Guide to Running Away From Home by Jennifer LaRue Huget and illustrated by Chris Sickels

·      A Splash of Red: The Life & Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Bryant

·      On A Beam of Light, a Story of Albert Einstein  by Jennifer Berne illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

·      Flora and the Flamingo  by Molly Idle

Bluebird by Bob Staake

·      The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

·      Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and illustrated Melissa Sweet

·      Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great  by Bob Shea

·      The Dark by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Journey by Aaron Becker

·      Miss Maple’s Seeds by Eliza Wheeler