Caldecott Challenge Completed
April 30, 2014
I challenged our homeschool book club, Book Worms, to a reading adventure this semester...
The mission: Read all 76 Caldecott Award books in five weeks!
The award: The Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) awards an artist each year with the Caldecott Medal in recognition for the most distinguished American children's picture book.
The math: 15 books per week divided into five heavy book bags rotating between five families. 75 books/5 families = 15 books per week (or about 2-3 books per day)
Bonus: The moms got a nice upper body workout lugging the books back and forth!!
Our accomplice: Sandi Vance, a Woodneath Branch librarian who pulled all of the books for us and made this opportunity viable.
Our study: We used Making Amazing Art! by Sandi Henry to study the seven elements of art design as we read through these artistic literary pieces. We divided the books into the following categories based on their salient artistic features: line, shape, texture, color, value, form, and space.
Our celebration: Together we read this year's Caldecott winner, Locomotive by Brian Floca, and made train cupcakes to celebrate our accomplishment! Each child also chose their favorite book and presented a little "commercial."
Are you up for the challenge? Maybe the students will inspire you to read all 76 Caldecott books, too!
One of my favorite Caldecott award books is The Three Pigs. It was written and illustrated by David Wiesner. It won the Caldecott in 2002. I liked this book because the pigs come to life out of the pages, and in the end, the dragon scares the wolf away.
I enjoyed Kitten's First Full Moon. It was written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes. It won the Caldecott award in 2005. I liked it because the kitten is cute and fluffy. The kitten wanted to get a bowl of milk but falls into the pond. The bowl of milk is really the moon's reflection. The pictures are simple and black and white. The drawings have thick outlines. This simple book was one of my favorites.
I enjoyed Grandfather's Journey because of the pretty landscapes. It was written and illustrated by Allen Say. It won the Caldecott award in 1994. My favorite illustration was when grandfather kept a lot of songbirds. I most love the family line because some grew up in Japan and some grew up in San Francisco.
I enjoyed The Funny Little Woman. It was retold by Arlene Mosel and illustrated by Blair Lent. It won the Caldecott award in 1973. I enjoyed it because the illustrations were funny and she said, "My dumpling, my dumpling!" and the crack got bigger and bigger. My favorite illustration in the book was where the monsters sucked up all the water.
I enjoyed Drummer Hoff. It was adapted by Barbara Emberley and illustrated by Ed Emberley. It won the Caldecott award in 1968. I enjoyed it because it had block shapes and lines. The people looked like nutcrackers. My favorite illustration in the book was the "KAH BAH BLOOM!" page.
The 2008 Caldecott award went to The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It was written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. I enjoyed this book because I liked the detailed black and white pictures. My favorite illustration was the picture of the giant train clock on the wall. If you look closely, you can see Hugo's eye peeking through the number five.
I enjoyed The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses because of the bright colors and Native American patterns. It was written and illustrated by Paul Goble and won the Caldecott award in 1979. My favorite picture was at the end of the story where two horses were drawn into the sunset.
I enjoyed Joseph Had a Little Overcoat because it changed a lot. It was written and illustrated by Simms Taback and won the Caldecott award in 2000. My favorite illustration in the book was the colorful pictures of him writing the book.
I enjoyed Mirette on the High Wire because of the vibrant colors and the story was cool. It won the Caldecott award in 1993. My favorite illustration was when Bellini was struggling on the tightrope and Mirette went out to help him and they ended up performing together. It was written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully.