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Mock Caldecott – 2017

This month our class studied a group of picture books.  We pretended we were the judges of the Caldecott Medal, which is an award given to a picture book for the best illustrations. Watch the slide show to find out more about the award and how we chose our winner.

So, now we would like to announce our

Mock Caldecott Awards!

We have one Caldecott Honor book!

Our Mock Caldecott Medal is awarded to…

We are excited and looking forward to Monday to find out the real winner of the Caldecott winner!

We love picture books.



Caldecott Party

We had an exciting day filled with books, authors, illustrators and popcorn!  Some favorites won some awards and we have a list of new books we can’t wait to find and read.

If you want to watch the awards announcement again or read a list of the books that won awards today click here.

Mock Caldecott 2016

This past week we held a Mock Caldecott in Room 107.  The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to a picture book by the American Library Association.  Mrs. Rosenquist chose/nominated the 15 books for our Mock Caldecott, but the third graders in Room 107 read, reviewed, reread and debated the books and their illustrations very carefully before they voted at the end of the week.

On Thursday we Skyped with Mrs Sokolowski’s 3rd grade class because they were doing a Mock Caldecott also!  We shared our favorites and found out we read similar books.

We would like to announce our Mock Caldecott winners for 2016.


Leo: A Ghost Story written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Christian Robinson

The Whisper written and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

MOCK CALDECOTT MEDAL awarded to…. Drum roll, please…

finding winnie

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall


What 2015 picture books are your favorites?  Have you participated in a Mock Caldecott?

Mock Caldecott 2015 Nominations

Over the last month or so we have been reading and studying many picture books.  Mrs. Rosenquist chose her favorite picture books from 2014 and the students in our class will decide which book to award our Mock Caldecott Medal.

Do you know what the Caldecott Medal is?  Every year the American Library Association awards the medal to the illustrator that has created the best picture book of the year.  In our class we learned about the different criteria the judges use to pick the winner.

Here are our nominees and some videos to go along with some of the books.

Which books have you read?

What are your favorites?

Which book do you think will win the real medal?  It will be announced on Monday, February 2.  We hope to watch the awards be announced live (if we don’t have another snow day)!  Come back to our blog tomorrow to find out which book won our Mock Caldecott Medal!


Today was the Day! The Caldecott Awards!

As students arrived this morning the American Library Association Youth Media Awards was streaming live on our Smartboard.  Students didn’t even take off their coats!  They quickly sat on the carpet and began watching.  We saw the end of the Sibert Awards for informational books, the Dr. Seuss awards for early readers and then the CALDECOTT!  Below you can watch a video of us as we watched the announcements.  Please click here to see a list of all the awards given out today.  There is one book we haven’t read yet, and that is Mr. Wuffles.  So quickly go to the library or bookstore to get a copy.

CALDECOTT HONORS: Journey, Flora and the Flamingo, Mr. Wuffles


A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin won a Schneider Family award and a Sibert Honor.  Today we read the book that won the Sibert Medal for informational books, Parrots Over Puerto Rico.  I just happened to have checked it out of the library!

Locomotive also won a Sibert Honor

A favorite in our class, Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes won a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor award!

Nino Wrestles the World won a Pura Belpre Award honoring a Latino illustrator




Mock Caldecott 2014 Part 3



This is the third post about our Mock Caldecott.  You can see Post 1 here and Post 2 here.


Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

In this book Niño pretends he is a wrestler.  He wrestles aliens and a mummy.  And then he wrestles his little sisters.  He is dressed up in a costume like a wrestler. He is wearing his underwear and you can see his belly button. We like how the artist drew this part.  We like that some of the words are in Spanish.

odd duck

Odd Duck written by Cecil Castellucci and illustrated by Sara Varon

We like the wacky duck, Chad, and the way he is drawn.  We like that it’s written like a cartoon with speech bubbles.

mr tiger

Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

We like how everyone was black and gray, but Mr. Tiger had orange.  The tiger looked like he was in a real forest and we liked the way the artist drew vines. We liked that at first the animals were on 2 feet and at the end they were on 4 feet.  Some of us noticed that some animals were on 4 feet in the beginning.


Locomotive by Brian Floca

The train looked very real and had so many details. We liked how the illustration showed the 2 locomotives going up the hill.  The illustrator did a good job on the tunnel and painting the darkness inside. There were so many colors and details we liked in the pictures.

building house

Building Our House by Jonathan Bean

We liked how the illustrations showed the frame of the house and how it went together.  We liked the part that showed the basement being built.  The picutres do a good job showing how a house gets built.

the beginner's guide to running away from home

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

We liked how the people are sculpted – we think it looks like they are made out of clay.  The style sort of reminded us of movies we have seen, like Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer.  We wonder if they are bobble heads.

With snow days, early dismissals and delayed openings we ran out of time to write about all of our nominees.   But we want you to know we loved all of the books very much.  When Mrs. Rosenquist read the last book today we said, “AWWW” until she reminded us that there will always be more good books to read, even when the Mock Caldecott is over.  Tomorrow all of the second grade with do a final vote to decide on the winner of our Mock Caldecott.  Then on Monday we will try to watch the real Caldecott Award ceremony on the computer!  We will announce our winner tomorrow.  So here’s the rest of our nominees!

a splash of red bluebird frog song tree lady hello my name is ruby the darkmiss maples seeds


Have you read any of these books?

If not, be sure to run to the library and check them out!

Mock Caldecott 2014 Part 2

This is our second post about the books we are reviewing for our Mock Caldecott.  Click here to read Part 1.



Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

This book is about  a goat and a unicorn.  The goat is jealous of the unicorn because he gets more attention.  We think the illustrator did good work because he put in lots of bright colors.  It is very colorful and looks like a cartoon. (written by Ashley and Maeve)


little red writing

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

This story is about a little pencil called Little Red.  She is writing a story and pretends she is in the story.  I like how Little Red is a pencil and all the characters are pencils.  The erasers are the heads of the pencil people.  I thought the illustrator did a good job with the Wolf 3000 pencil sharpener.  It looked like a wolf.  I also thought the illustrations were awesome because I like how the Granny pencil was so small and there were pencils shavings on the floor!  It was so funny. (written by Carson and Julian)

fish and snail

The Story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman

This is why we think the book should win the Mock Caldecott.  The story is about 2 best friends named Fish and Snail. Our favorite page is when Snail splashes down into the next book.  We like how the author uses blue for the ocean.  We like how the author makes a book inside a book.  We also like how they jump out of one book and into another.  This book stands out because the illustrations really show the characters feelings. (written by Sarah and Ryan C.)


Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

This story is about a little girl named Flora and a flamingo.  The flamingo is dancing and the little girl is copying.  We liked the illustrations because they used the colors pink, black, gray and white.  This book is special because it has no words and it is a flap book. (written by Xiomara and Cheyenne)

Come back tomorrow because we plan on posting more about our Mock Caldecott books!

Have you read these books?

If not go to your library and check them out!


Mock Caldecott Nominations 2014 Part 1

The second graders at our school are participating in a Mock Caldecott this month.  The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the illustrator of a picture book.  We will try to highlight each of the 20 picture books that have been selected for our Mock Caldecott.  Here’s the first three.


Journey by Aaron Becker

This story is about a girl that has a very good imagination.  We like how Aaron Becker tells the story in pictures only.  He also uses details in the book.  We like how Aaron uses dull colors like browns, blacks and grays.  And then one important color which was red and he only uses a touch on each page.  Journey stands out because sometimes it’s simple and sometimes it’s really cool because he uses lots of details in his drawings.  The ones with the castle and the ships must have taken a long time.  (written by Sarah, Ryan C. and Peter)

on a beam of light

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein written by Jennifer Berne and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

This book is a real story about Albert Einstein. We think it should win because the illustrations are good.  The illustator used pencil sketches that we like.  It also looks like they used paint.  The illustrations are a little old fashioned and we like that.  We liked the page where the illustrator showed us what atoms looked like.  We noticed that all the pages had yellow and we think its because the author wanted us to think of a beam of light.  ( written by Nava and Donnie and the class)

day the crayons quit

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

This story is about the crayons writing notes to the boy.  We liked that the illustrator used a lot of colors.  Our favorite pictures were when the peach crayon was naked and when the blue crayon was very short.  We liked how the illustrator used all of the colors on the last page and the boy got an A plus for coloring. (written by Daniel and Ryan B.)

Have you read these books?

If not, be sure to visit your local library and check out these great books!

And come back tomorrow for our next post on our Mock Caldecott.


Peter Brown Visits Our School!


Last Wednesday our school had the honor of hosting Peter Brown, author and illustrator of many books, including the Caldecott Honor book, Creepy Carrots, written by Aaron Reynolds.  It was an exciting and memorable event for the entire school!  Here are some comments students from our class made the morning after his visit;

  • My favorite part was when he signed my book because I never got any autographs in a book before. -Genavieve
  • I like the sound effects he used on his computer when he read Creepy Carrots. – Danielle and Colin
  • I like when he shared the story, The Adventures of my dog Buffy, the story he wrote when he was a little boy. – Marina
  • I liked when he showed us how to draw a creepy carrot. – Ray
  • I liked when he told us about the time when he was on a date and a bird pooped on his head, which was an inspiration for his book, Flight of the Dodo. – Patrick and Chris M.
  • I liked when Peter showed us the picture that his grandfather drew. – Kedar
  • I liked when he showed us the picture of his mommy.  It was funny because he gave her 6 fingers! – Chris A.
  • I couldn’t believe I was meeting an author and getting my book signed!  It was very exciting! – Jason
  • He wrote on my book, “Don’t be creepy!” – Kevin
  • I asked Peter Brown, “How come you want to be an author and illustrator?”  He told me, “”His grandfather was an artist and he looked at his painting all the time.  His grandfather told him maybe some day you can be an artist.”  That was his inspiration. – Gabriella B.
  • My favorite part was when he previewed his new book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.  He told us it would be released in September. – Riley H. and Gabby C. and William
  • I liked when Peter told us about going into the woods and finding animals and then asking his mommy if he could keep them as pets.  That was his inspiration for Children Make Terrible Pets. – Riley N. and Cambria
  • He told us he drew pictures his whole life and got better and better. – Claire L.
  • When I got my book signed by Peter Brown he wrote, “To Gabby, Read Write Draw, Love, Peter Brown” Gabriella B.

After reading The Curious Garden our second grade was inspired to create our own “urban setting” which cooperated with nature just like in Peter’s book.  Second graders also wrote about their imagined urban areas and described how citizens could ensure nature survived and also how nature benefits us citizens.

Here’s our urban skylines before we cooperate with nature.

Here’s our urban skyline after citizens have decided to cooperate and ensure nature survives.  Please notice vines and grass, and parks on top of buildings.  Trees have been planted and citizens are recycling.  We even have solar panels and windmills as alternative energy sources.

What was your favorite part of our author visit?

Which Peter Brown book do you like best?