A Bookworm's Journey: Award Books
April 13, 2014
Salutations bookworm friends! (That is a hint about where my next name came from. Can you guess?)
I recently finished reading all 76 Caldecott Medal award books! The Caldecott Medal is given to the artist with the best illustrated children’s book of the year. Mr. Rick from the Platte City Branch is reading me the 2014 winner Locomotive by Brian Floca.
I just realized that I have only been to 9 branches in the Mid Continent Public Library system so far. I want to try to visit all 30 branches! (Did I mention that I LOVE to make lists?) Here is my current "Bookworm Bucket List." These are literary achievements I want to accomplish. What are the top 5 on your list?
Millicent's Bookworm Bucket List
- Visit all 30 MCPL Branches + Midwest Genealogy Center (Only 22 more to go!)
- Read all 76 Caldecott Medal award books (Completed March 2014!)
- Read all 92 Newbery Medal award books (Which one should be my first book?)
- Meet my favorite author, Eric Carle, and have him sign my favorite book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
- Write a book!
Since I am transitioning into chapter books now, I thought I would start to tackle those Newbery Medal books. There are 92 so far! Gulp! That is quite a challenging list.
Do you know how to tell if a book is "just right" for you? I stopped by the Boardwalk Branch, where Ms. Nancy read Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians by Jackie Hopkins to me. This book teaches you how to tell if a new book is too easy, too hard, or just right. (The hydrangea flowers on her shirt are making me hungry!)
You use the five finger rule when you choose a book to read! First, you read a page in the middle of the book. Put up a finger each time you come to a word you don't know. If you have three fingers up by the end of the page, then, the book is "just right!" I picked up this handy bookmark at the Boardwalk Branch to remind me how to choose a book by myself. (I got a little hungry and nibbled at the corner. I must admit that I have a weakness for bookmarks!)
The first book to receive the Newbery Medal in 1922 was The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon. Hmmmm.....Ms. Elaine and I are at the Dearborn Branch looking at this book. We think it is above my reading level right now. I will put that back on the shelf for later.
This year's Newbery Medal winner was Kate DiCamillo’s book, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Ms. Rhonda and I took a look at it when I visited the Camden Point Branch. It is a really funny and exciting book! At the end of the first chapter, Ulysses, a squirrel, gets sucked up into a vacuum cleaner. Poof. Fwump. I'll have to read the rest of the book to find out how Flora saves him! Maybe, I should start with this book.
One title caught my eye…Holes by Louis Sachar (1999 Newbery Medal winner). I am good at digging holes! I wonder if I would like that book? Ms. Mary and Ms. Jean checked out the book and audio CD for me at the Edgerton Branch. They made me feel at home.
Which book would you recommend that I start with? What is your favorite? How many have you already read?
I took a break from my book search and made an Easter craft with the readers at the Weston Branch. Isn’t Fancy Nancy too cute?! I dressed up for the event, too.
I enjoyed the snack bar….oops!...I mean bookmark selection at the Smithville Branch. These bookmarks list great book ideas for each grade. Isn’t that helpful?!
Did you figure out what my next name is? Here is a little hint:
I am at the Library-To-Go branch at the Platte County Resource Center. There are four convenient locations located in the KC metro area:
- Marlborough Community Center
- Kansas City North Community Center
- Hillcrest Community Center
- Platte County Resource Center
Patrons can pick up reserved materials or return checked out items. There is even a DVD and CD selection to check out! To learn more about Library-To-Go Branches, watch the informational video on the MCPL website.
I made it to six MCPL branch locations today. Only 16 more to go!
See you next week!
Millicent Charlotte P.L.