Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Caldecott Challenge - 1938 to present

John Schu of Watch. Connect. Read. recently announced The Newbery Medal Challenge - 1922 to Present, that got me and a few other folks on twitter thinking about a Caldecott Medal Challenge.

Recently Travis Jonker of 100 Scope Notes attempted to read all of the Medal Books in one day (73 books)

...but what about all the Honor Books? That's over 300 picture books.



My plan starting this January is to read through all of the Caledecott Medal Winners and Honor Books by year starting with 1938 and working my way to the present blogging about my progress here, tweeting about it using the hashtag #nerdcott, and tracking the books on goodreads.

Awesome librarian and pal in real life Anna of A to Z Library has agreed to co-host this challenge with me. Thanks, Anna!

Like The Newbery Medal Challenge - 1922 to Present THIS IS A STRESS FREE CHALLENGE. It is intended to be fun! You are invited to participate in this challenge at your own pace and at your own level of "strictness" to the list of books. Some of those older honor books may be difficult to get your hands on. You may choose not to re-read titles. You may make this challenge about what works for you!

Click here to download a Caldecott Challenge badge.




#nerdbery & #nerdcott - two great reading challenges that go great together.
Just remember if you choose one or both... the theme is STRESS FREE!

If you are participating in the Caldecott Challenge, you may link to your blog or goodreads shelf using the widget below:


31 comments:

  1. This is great...I love picture books.

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  2. This will help give me some inspiration to read more picture books. Thanks!

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  3. Yea!! Another fun challenge! Count me in.

    Shannon
    http://extremereadingandwriting.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/caldecott-nerdcott-reading-challenge/

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  4. Yay! This is awesome. I read all of the Caldecott Medal winners during library school. I'm up for reading all of the Honor winners. Count me in! :)

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  5. Laura, Thanks for organizing this. As a K-2 librarian, I want to read al the ones that I missed during library school!

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  7. This will be so much easier than Mr. Schu's Newbery challenge!

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  8. Thank you for organizing this challenge! I can't wait to share it with my students.

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  9. I'm in! Picture books are my livelyhood, and I have always wanted to get to know ALL the Caldecotts! I will post a blog to that effect in the next couple of days...

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  10. Perfect! I already write about a picture book a day so now I'll get to include all the Caldecott winners and honors.

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  11. Thanks everyone! I can't tell you how excited I am to be doing this together with all of you.

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  12. Thank you for setting up such an awesome challenge!

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  13. I'm looking forward to revisiting some old friends and making new ones. Thanks for the challenge!

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  14. Wonderful! I look forward to tracking the changes in the styles of illustrations over the years. Thanks for getting this going!

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  15. I think if I blog, I am going to waste precious reading time. Hopefully the blogging part will get easier.

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  16. I host a Mock Caldecott at my library media center each year and I am curating All Things Caldecott at Scoop.it!, which has been loads of fun. I can't wait to begin this challenge. We house the Caldecott and Newbery books in separate shelves in our LMC and I am on my way there to seek out those early titles. Thanks for hosting this challenge.

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  17. This is going to be fun! My plan is to post by the decade. I want time to really read and think about the titles. Thanks for organizing us!

    You know I love a blog event!

    Cathy
    (reflectandrefine.blogspot.com)

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  18. Hooked on Books is ready for the challenge. This looks like great fun! Thanks for putting this together.

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  19. I am so glad I found your challenge! I have actually been working on reading all of these since November, but in between reading all of the other picture books on my list.. I've been rather slack! I'm excited to join in on the fun! Thanks for hosting!

    Ashley
    http://thechildrensbookaholic.blogspot.com/

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  20. Thanks for starting this...will be fun! I have to keep myself honest, however, and not count re-read Caldecotts in my overall Goodreads Challenge numbers!

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  21. Really looking forward to taking part in this one, too! Thanks for setting it up.

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  22. Coming a bit late to the party but cannot wait to get started! How fun!

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  23. Hi! Where can we post the links for each month? We already have one book reviewed over at GatheringBooks, but am unsure where I should put my links. :)

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    1. I haven't had any official months link ups - mostly folks are tweeting their blog posts with #nerdcott in the tweet to share and join in the discussion.

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  24. Wow! I'm so glad I found this! My 6 year old niece and I have been reading all of the Caldecott's together for quite awhile now but it will be great to read and share with others who are doing the same thing. Thanks for organizing this!

    Abby

    http://readingworkingexercise.blogspot.com/

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  25. What a great challenge and a way to celebrate Caldecott turning 75!

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    1. Thanks! I have really been enjoying the challenge of hunting down the early books.

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  26. I am so glad I found this challenge. I am just starting my book blog and having a challenge helps me stay focused and gives me a great supply of books to review.

    How does everyone organize their list of books?

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  27. Not sure how to add my name to your list (and I don't do the tweety anyways) but here's my URL http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/2511941-eireanne?format=html&shelf=caldecott-medal

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  28. ... wondering if you'd mind if I shared this challenge on Instagram? (I recently started following you on there)

    We just finished up #mylittlebookcase with @jackie_mylittlebookcase and it was So! Fun!! But she's not going to host another one until August ... thought #nerdcott / #caldecottchallenge might be a fun fun for summer (especially with all those Summer Reading Programs families are participating in!

    Thanks!
    kathi bailey (@bookbasketweaver)

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