This versatile and fun project facilitates collaboration between the Library Media Specialist and the classroom teacher. In addition to challenging all reading levels, it incorporates math concepts.
Tip: The project timeline can be stretched beyond the official winner announcement date.
To start: locate 20 to 40 past Caldecott medal/honor books from your collection and setup a display to create interest. See picture. Meanwhile order new picture books and supplies. For suggestions try books recommended by the Alan Country Public, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Children's Librarians website. http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/programs/kids.html
Tip: Hold a small reserve fund to purchase 'overlooked' books that actually win the Caldecott Medal and/or receive honors. Create a rotation schedule and begin circulating the tub of past Caldecott books, followed a week later with the tub of this year's potential Caldecotts. After the class has examined all of the new books, students vote on their favorite, a class tally taken, and recorded. Be sure to collect all of the tallies and keep secret! When all participating classes have submitted their tallies, set up a display to announce the classroom winners as well as the official winners. See picture.
Tip: Use brightly colored spine labels to ensure new books are not inadvertently shelved. Upon completion of program have potential Caldecotts prominently displayed in the library to foster continued interest.