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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?

Norwood Second Grade Mock Caldecott 2014 Winners

Today all 6 classes of second grade here at Norwood cast their final ballots for our Mock Caldecott!  Here are our winners.  We can’t wait until Monday when the REAL Caldecott Medal is awarded!


day the crayons quit










We also had 4 books that earned our Mock Caldecott Honor Award.


fish and snail



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.


Mock Caldecott Medal Award – Norwood Style – Part 1

On January 28th the Caldecott Medal will be awarded to the “most distinguished picture book for children”.  The Norwood second grade classes are doing our own Mock Caldecott Award for our favorite picture book published in 2012.  Mrs. Rosenquist selected 18 books for our school to rate from a long list of her favorites from the year.  So far, we have had some great conversations about each book’s story and illustrations.  There are definitely some strong opinions!  Here’s the books we have rated so far.  You can watch a video of students in our class explain why they like each book.  Be sure to come back for Part 2 next week.  (Thank you Mr. Schu, Mr. Sharp and Mr. Jonker for their inspiration for this project.)



  • Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett; Illustrated by Jon Klassen


  • More by I.C. Springman; illustrated by Brian Lies


  • A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas; illustrated by Violeta Dabija





 Have you read any of these wonderful picture books?

Which picture books do you think might win the Caldecott Medal?