Saturday, January 23, 2016

School Age Storytime–Bears & Snow

Storytime presented the week after the 2016 Caldecott Awards were announced on the day preceding the blizzard of 2016.

Opened with the 2016 Caldecott Winner:
Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear (Winnie-the-Pooh) by Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Song/Stretch: Boots, Jacket, Scarf & Hat (for lyrics to this and other songs used in this program, see:

Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky – pointed out 6-sided snowflakes, booktalked another Caldecott winner Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian

Song/Stretch: I’m a Little Snowman

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert (had kids look at the collage art – possible art project or inspiration for their own snowfolks this weekend)

Song/flannel: In the Freezer by Joe Scruggs

Coming full circle to another bear story --  an environmental cautionary tale:
The Last Polar Bear by Lindsay George, illustrated by Wendall Minor

ended with an indoor snowball fight – directions:

(Some groups also heard Snowmen at Night – Caralyn & Mark Buehner (mentioned another great story of a snowman at night made into a beautiful video: Raymond Brigg’s The Snowman (, Frosty the Snowman illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, and/or Trouble with Trolls – Jan Brett, Blizzard by John Rocco didn’t arrive in time.)


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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Mock Caldecott 2016


I just ran a Mock Caldecott at the Bridgewater Branch of the Somerset County (NJ) Public Library System and five Mock Caldecotts with the Kindergarten – 4th grade classes of Bedminster School. 

(Methodology used: )

Here are the results:



A list of all titles shared with the children and the preliminary tallies for each title can be viewed at:


I loved getting to read aloud so many wonderful titles -- one of my favorite parts of doing the Mock Caldecott is seeing how the kids respond to the new books -- and seeing the excitement when I come into the room.  The kids really look forward to this program! 

My personal favorites -- I must admit I am a sucker for great illustrations complemented by a great text (even though that is not the "official" guideline):
Last Stop on Market Street (Grandmother/grandchild and city people so well imaged)
Finding Winnie  (charming, so fitting for the story)
Trombone Shorty (so evocative of New Orleans!)
Drum Dream Girl (gorgeously vividly Caribbean)
In a Village by the Sea (great changes in perspective, incredible detail, full-circle story)



Bridgewater Library 2017 Mock Caldecott

Winners (Tie)

Honor Books


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