I love reading Caldecott Award winners to preK, kindergarten and 1st grade. The stories are amazingly rich and diverse! It also offers me an opportunity to discuss another amazing author/illustrator, Chris Van Allsburg, whom the student know from The Polar Express. Some of them had seen or heard of the movie “Jumanji,” but only one so far has read it! They loved it and were on the edge of their seats!
So many Caldecott Award Winners, and this is only a few!
2nd grade has continued to read engaging early chapter books, and although many were sad we wrapped up Ivy and Bean last week, they definitely enjoyed being introduced to Stink Moody today! He is a hilarious 2nd grader with an irksome older sister that the students can definitely relate to. 2C were laughing a little uproariously while we read today–I had to ask them to quiet down!
3rd grade has been enjoying a longer chapter book, with my intention to introduce them to the hilarious author, Andrew Clements. This story has been a HUGE hit, even creating a touch of mischief in our own classroom. If your 3rd grade student asks to borrow a Frindle, it’s all my fault!
Fourth and fifth grade have continued to read one Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominated book, and 4th grade will be done very soon. Nothing But Trouble has been a huge crowd-pleaser, but the bigger themes of inclusion and doing what’s right even when it’s hard are ones worth savoring. Fifth grade’s book, It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, is a bit longer and our conversations are weightier, so we aren’t quite finished yet, but I know choosing this book, which is full of questions regarding social justice, was the right choice for this group.
Lastly, thank you all again for your support during the book fair! The money raised will help fund the STEAM program, which has been an amazing asset to the library! We couldn’t have done it without you, and of course, it warms my heart to see so many books in the hands of our students!