What is the Caldecott Medal?
- It has to be a picture book written for children
- It has to have been published in the United States by an American citizen
- It has to have distinct illustrations that are marked by excellence in quality
Introducing the Caldecott to students – PowerPoint Introduction
Introducing the Caldecott to students – Looking at past winners
I begin by putting several books out on the tables in the library. When students come in I have them each find a seat and explain the activity. They will be given time to look through the books and choose one that they really like. Then they will fill out the graphic organizer about the book.
I put the organizer up on the SmartBoard for them to see as I go over it. There are six different questions they will need to answer based on the book they chose. These are yes/no questions. I made simple so more students in different grades would be able to fill it out. As an extension, you can have students write more detail about why they answered one of the questions or draw a picture from the book. This is an easy way to differentiate, especially if you use it with students in older grades.
After the students have had time to fill out their sheet we will take some time to go over their answers. Another idea that I have used before is to give multiple copies of the same book to students. For example (2 tables have Owl Moon and 2 tables have Last Stop on Market Street). There are a couple reasons for doing this. One, if you need students to work together for some reason this makes it easier to do that. And it saves on time. It is quicker to go over the graphic organizers if the same 2 books were used and students won’t get as distracted as they work (wanting to look at everyone else’s book).
**This graphic organizer is available for free. You can download it by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post.
Introducing the Caldecott to students – Book Activities