The 2014 Randolph Caldecott Medal for "most distinguished picture book for children" was awarded last week to author and illustrator, Brian Floca, for Locomotive the story of the first cross country passenger train trip from Omaha, Nebraska to Oakland, California as told by a family in the 1800s. The honor award was given to author and illustrator Aaron Becker for Journey, a unique and beautiful fantastical journey in the mind of one young girl with a red crayon and a boy with a purple crayon. In honor of this special award, in second grade we devoted the last two weeks to all the wonderful Caldecott picture books. Students learned the qualifications for the award, how to find the year the book won, the types of books and illustrations that have won and what unique twists many have. Then each student was given a "judge's badge" and piles of Caldecott winning books to read and rate. Here is a look at their hard work:
My Reading List!
I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.