Monday, January 6, 2014

Caldecotts Continued: nonfiction picture books

Happy New Year!

We are continuing our look at some of the best picture books for children published in 2013 in preparation for a school-wide vote for the book that Upham students think is the best illustrated book for this past year.

The official ALA Caldecott award will be announced on Monday, January 27th at 8:00am (and yes, I'll be in the library watching the live web broadcast if anyone wants to join me).  The Upham school vote will be done in library classes the week of January 20th.

We have started looking at some of the nonfiction picture books that were published in 2013 and discussing why an author would chose to tell a true story in a picture book.  We've had some interesting discussions about how pictures can make history more understandable and bring a true story to life.

With the fourth graders we read Brave Girl by Michelle Markel:

With the younger grades we've read Building Our House a memoir by Jonathan Bean about his parents building their own house when he was young.

and The Boy Who Loved Math about the famous Hungarian Mathematician Paul Erdos which was a surprisingly delightful read.

Here are a couple of VoiceThreads that the 2nd grade classes made as a response to reading The Boy Who Loved Math:

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