Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Maud Hart Lovelace Award Winners 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 Winners of the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award!

Winner  Grades 3-5

Please Write in This Book by Mary Amato

An Important Message from author Mary Amato:

Author Mary Amato talks about her Writer's Notebook:

Learn more about author Mary Amato at her website

Winner Grades 6-8

Stolen Children by Peg Kehret

Peg Kehret talks about Stolen Children:

Learn more about author Peg Kehret at her website

Check out the nominees for 2012-2013 at

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Caldecott Challenge - 1951

I am really enjoying the fact that the award books are getting easier to find and that I am more able to pull all the award books for one year together at the same time. 

1951 Caldecott Award

The Egg Tree 

by Katherine Milhous

This was my first read of The Egg Tree, and it happened to be right around Easter, a holiday I celebrate with my family. Cupcake and I read this together, and she enjoyed the story of hunting eggs, something we had just done together. It's not quite as long as some of the early award books, but it's still a little on the long side. The illustrations are soft and muted - they fit well with the story, but don't grab me as much as some of the others from this same year.

1951 Caldecott Honor Books

Dick Whittington and his Cat 

by Marcia Brown

The story didn't really pull me in, but the linoleum cuts make me want to carve some of my own.

The Two Reds 
written by William Lipkind

illustrated by Nicholas Mordvinoff

Reading the first few pages of this book, I thought I had found a new favorite - bright, bold illustrations with a "text-lite" story about a boy and a cat. I was supremely bummed when I turned a page and started reading about the "Seventh Street Signal Senders", a gang of young white boys who dress and act as stereotyped Native Americans. ~sigh~
If I could just choose half a book as the 1951 award winner, I would have chosen the first half of The Two Reds. I'm totally in love with the full page illustration of the red cat on a yellow background.

If I Ran the Zoo 

by Dr. Seuss

I love what Dr. Seuss did for children's books. If I Ran the Zoo is full of classic Seuss rhymes and odd-ball animals. His books are all about having fun reading, but it is still the early 1950s and unfortunately he too includes inappropriate racial stereotypes (see the end of the post).

T-Bone, the Baby Sitter 

by Clare Turlay Newberry

Clare Turlay Newberry's depictions of fluffy animals are truly wonderful. I want to heft T-Bone into my arms and give him a squeeze. I love that the models for this book were her own son and her cat named T-Bone (so named for stealing a steak!).

The Most Wonderful Doll in the World

written by Phyllis McGinley

illustrated by Helen Stone

The main character in this book is bratty and constantly exaggerating about a doll she lost, but somehow I found her endearing. This feels very much like an early chapter book with it's smaller size and limited illustrations.

3 Awesome Cats.

Dick Whittington's Cat

Mr Furpatto Purrcatto
otherwise known as "Red"


2 Unfortunate stereotypes.

"Seventh Street Signal Senders"

"helpers who all wear their eyes at a slant"

1 more year of the Caldecott Challenge read.

Total read for the challenge: 68

Interested in joining us for the Caldecott Medal and Honor Book Reading Challenge? Find out more here.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Congratulations, Wink!

Congratulations to Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed by J.C. Phillipps for being named the 2012 Winner of the 15 Books Award!

My students were thrilled to hear Wink had the most votes, and made a video to say congratulations.

Find out more about Author/Illustrator J. C. Phillips on her website:

And don't miss out on the second book about Wink...
Wink: the Ninja Who Wanted a Nap

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Visit with Author Tim Green

“If you don't love to read, you just haven't found the right book.” 
-Tim Green

We had a fabulous afternoon with author Tim Green!

So many Parkview students were hooked on his books after reading Football Genius as part of our state award this fall.

Tim filled us in on how the story of Football Genius came to be - especially the funny parts.

Thank you, Tim Green!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Caldecott Challenge Photo Update: 1950

1950 Caldecott Award

Song of the Swallows


Beautiful colorful illustrations, and like many early books there is a song included.
I spared you from my singing, but if you would like to hear the melody, click the video below.

1950 Caldecott Honor Books

America's Ethan Allen


Looking at this book in the stack was causing me to stall on getting back into the Caldecott Challenge - so text heavy and dry, but I finally pushed myself through its 100 pages of tall tale masquerading as biography.

Bartholomew and the Oobleck


Oh, Dr. Seuss, thank goodness I have you for the Caldecott Challenge early years!

The Happy Day

written by 

The Happy Day seems like a book that would be read over and over with young children. It would have made for a good board book in it's day. 

The Wild Birthday Cake
written by 
I love the professor character, and the name for the duck in the end of the story.

Brown chose fabulous colors for the illustrations that really connect to the setting.

Favorite from 1950: Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Caldecott Challenge Count: 1938-1950 = 62 read