Category Archives: Picture Books

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.




This year we have accepted the #classroombookaday challenge! It is our goal to read aloud at least 1 picture book per day.  (Mrs. Rosenquist would like to thank 2 teachers, Jillian Heise and Donalyn Miller for the idea.)  Why, you ask? There are so many reasons! It’s fun, it helps build classroom community, gives us all common stories to talk about throughout the year, helps us appreciate art, inspires us as writers, and inspires a joy for reading…to name just a few reasons. Picture books are for everyone, not just little kids.

What is your favorite picture book?

Which of our #classroombookaday books is your favorite so far?

Why do you like read aloud time?

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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?

March Book Madness 2015

Our class is participating in March Book Madness this year!  This is a book contest that is modeled after the famous March Madness basketball tournament.  The first round included 32 books matched up against each other.  Students, teachers and librarians around the country are voting for their favorites.  Round 1 ends tonight and tomorrow the Sweet Sixteen will be posted.  Those are the 16 books that have won their first round and are advancing to the second round.  Here’s the link to the March Book Madness website.  We are participating in the picture book contest.

Which book do you think will win the whole contest on the ROAD to BOOKVILLE?

What is a tradition?

A tradition is a belief, idea or custom that is handed down from one generation to the next.  The Thanksgiving Holiday is an American tradition because most Americans celebrate this holiday.

In the historical fiction story, Milly and Macy’s Parade, we learned that it was the Macy’s immigrant employees that brought some of their old world traditions to help create the first Macy’s parade.




In Balloons Over Broadway, we learned about the true story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer who helped to create the large balloons that are now a tradition in the Macy’s Parade.  Did you know that Tony was an immigrant also?

Can you think of some other American traditions?

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

What are some of your family traditions?


World Read Aloud Day 2014

We celebrated World Read Aloud Day by inviting guests to come to our class and read a favorite picture book.  We also Skyped with author, Tara Lazar.  She read her picture book, The Monstore to us and even answered some of our questions.  Students brought in new and almost new books to donate to a local charity too.  It was an exciting and meaningful day.


World Read Aloud Day is sponsored by as a way to advocate for the right to read.  All children and adults have the right to read.  Celebrate your right to read by reading aloud to your child every day.

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




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!


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


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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.

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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!