Sunday, March 31, 2013

Caldecott Challenge 1981-1982

I have now entered my elementary school years with the Caldecott Challenge.
'81 and '82 were honor book heavy years with 4 honor books each, making 10 more books toward the challenge - a current total of 191 books out of 316 

Creepiest book from this set: Outside Over There by Sendak wins this for sure. Goblins stealing a baby and replacing it with an ice baby replica that melts = Cree-Pee!

Most cats in the illustrations: A Visit to William Blake's Inn. With the tigers and the King of Cats, there are many featured felines in this one. I wish I had done a better job of officially tracking the Cats of Caldecott, I am sure that there are a few I have missed along the way. (Look for cats in 4 of the other titles below)

Strongest Minnesota Connection: St. Paul-ite and Illustrator of Where the Buffaloes Begin, Stephen Gammell lives just over there ~points~ on the other side of the river.

Newbery Challenge / #nerdbery Connection: A Visit to William Blake's Inn. The only Newbery winner to appear in the Caldecott Challenge.

Favorite title of this set: Jumanji by VanAllsburg. He is a master story teller along with being an amazing artist. VanAllsburg is one of my all time favorite author/illustrators. I also love that he includes a bull terrier in all of his books.

Jumanji also wins the category of most special copy from this set:

2003 Was the year I became a school librarian!

Medal Winner: 
by Arnold Lobel

Honor Books:

The Bremen-Town Musicians
by Ilse Plume

The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher 
by Molly Bang 

Mice Twice 
by Joseph Low

by Donald Crews

Medal Winner: 
by Chris Van Allsburg

Honor Books:

Where the Buffaloes Begin 
illustrated by Stephen Gammell
written by Olaf Baker

On Market Street
illustrated by Anita Lobel
written by Arnold Lobel

Outside Over There 
by Maurice Sendak

A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers
illustrated by Alice & Martin Provensen
written by Nancy Willard

Current Caldecott Challenge total 1938-1982: 191

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Caldecott Challenge 1974-80

6 years - 24 books - a big leap forward in my Caldecott Challenge reading.

It was Spring Break this week, so I decided to play a little catch-up with my #nerdcott reading.
With 1974 I am now officially reading award winners from my own lifetime.

Most Helpful for my 6th grade Castle Project: Castle (Honor 1978)

Least controversial naked children after Sendak's In the Night Kitchen - (Honor 1971): Ben's Trumpet (Honor 1980) & It Could Always Be Worse (Honor 1978)

Top Left: In the Night Kitchen, Top Right: Ben's Trumpet,
Bottom: It Could Always Be Worse

Most read as a board book in my home: Freight Train (Honor 1979)

Most frequent Author of the 70s award books: Byrd Baylor with 4 titles: When Clay Sings (Honor 1973), The Desert is Theirs (Honor 1976), Hawk I'm Your Brother (Honor 1977), The Way to Start a Day (Honor 1979).

Most frequent illustrators of the 70s: Margot Zemach with 3 titles: The Judge (Honor 1970), Duffy and the Devil (Winner 1974), It Could Always be Worse (Honor 1978)
and Peter Parnall with 3 titles: The Desert is Theirs (Honor 1976), Hawk I'm Your Brother (Honor 1977), The Way to Start a Day (Honor 1979).

Most conflicting feelings about a title: Arrow to the Sun (Winner 1975). I love the bold, graphic illustrations but am disappointed by the misrepresentation of Pueblo Indian Life.

Favorite New Read: The Treasure (Honor 1980)

Favorite Familiar Reads: Strega Nona (Honor 1976) & The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (Honor 1980)

Favorite year as a whole: 1980: Ox Cart Man, Ben's Trumpet, Garden of Abdul Gasazi, & The Treasure

Medal Winner: 
Duffy and the Devil
illustrated by Margot Zemach
retold by Harve Zemach

Honor Books:

Three Jovial Huntsmen 
by Susan Jeffers

by David Macaulay

Medal Winner:
Arrow to the Sun 
by Gerald McDermott

Honor Book:

Jambo Means Hello: A Swahili Alphabet Book
illustrated by Tom Feelings
written by Muriel Feelings

Medal Winner: 
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
retold by Verna Aardema 

Honor Books:

The Desert is Theirs
illustrated by Peter Parnall
written by Byrd Baylor

Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola

Medal Winner: 
Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon
written by Margaret Musgrove

Honor Books:

The Amazing Bone 
by William Steig

The Contest
by Nonny Hogrogian

Fish for Supper 
by M. B. Goffstein

The Golem: A Jewish Legend 
by Beverly Brodsky McDermott

Hawk, I'm Your Brother
illustrated by Peter Parnall
written by Byrd Baylor

Medal Winner: 
Noah's Ark 
by Peter Spier

Honor Books:

by David Macaulay

It Could Always Be Worse
by Margot Zemach

Medal Winner: 
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses 
by Paul Goble

Honor Books:

Freight Train 
by Donald Crews 

The Way to Start a Day
illustrated by Peter Parnall
written by Byrd Baylor

Medal Winner: 
Ox-Cart Man
illustrated by Barbara Cooney
written by Donald Hall

Ben's Trumpet 
by Rachel Isadora

The Garden Of Abdul Gasazi 
by Chris Van Allsburg

The Treasure 
by Uri Shulevitz

Caldecott Challenge Total 1938-1980: 181 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Caldecott Challenge 1971-1973

3 years and 13 more titles.

I was born in the 70s, so I am encountering more and more books I remember from my childhood. There are titles like A Story a Story or The Funny Little Woman that I thought I had not read, but as I read them now, I feel a flicker of familiarity from my elementary years. 

Hardest to Find: If all the Seas were One Sea - Made another trip to the wonderful Milestones collection at the Central Minneapolis Library for this one.

Most Controversial: In the Night Kitchen - naked kids always seem to cause such a stir

Most Unexpected: Hosie's Alphabet - The cover did not invite me in, but I love the 

Most Nostalgic: Frog and Toad are Friends - It still confuses me that everyone just laughs at Toad's Swimsuit, he goes home upset, and then that's the end of that story/chapter. 

Most Disturbing Last Line: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - The Evil Queen was made to wear red-hot slippers made of iron "and dance till she dropped down dead." (not quite "happily ever after")

Medal Winner: 
A Story A Story
retold and illustrated by Gail E. Haley

Honor Books:

The Angry Moon
illustrated by Blair Lent
retold by William Sleator

Frog and Toad are Friends 
by Arnold Lobel

In the Night Kitchen 
by Maurice Sendak

Medal Winner: 
One Fine Day
by Nonny Hogrogian

Honor Books:

Hildilid's Night
illustrated by Arnold Lobel
written by Cheli DurĂ¡n Ryan

If All the Seas Were One Sea 
by Janina Domanska

Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book
illustrated by Tom Feelings
written by Muriel Feelings

Medal Winner: 
The Funny Little Woman
illustrated by Blair Lent
retold by Arlene Mosel

Honor Books:

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
by Gerald McDermott

Hosie's Alphabet
illustrated by Leonard Baskin
written by Hosea, Tobias & Lisa Baskin

Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs
illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert
translated by Randall Jarrell
retold from the Brothers Grimm

When Clay Sings
illustrated by Tom Bahti
written by Byrd Baylor 

Caldecott Challenge 1938-73 total: 157

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

How a Stick of Gum Became a Reading Challenge

It started like any other morning...

... well once I made it to work, it was like any other morning.

A copy of the One and Only Ivan was returned and it was NOT on hold. 
(So maybe that wasn't like a normal morning either)

Someone will for sure want to check this out, I thought to myself as I grabbed it on the way to meet with a group of 4th graders.

While talking with the 4th graders - we discovered the previous reader forgot their bookmark.
A bookmark that could qualify for a next round of Battle of the Bad Bookmarks - an unused stick of gum.

This discovery was followed by...
"Can I have it?"
and finally,
"Laura, you should eat it!"

In that almost-a-snow-day-Ivan-lovin' moment, I responded with, " I could be convinced to eat this gum... for something special."

The 4th grade teacher (also named Laura) asked, "How about a reading challenge?"

So Laura D's class of 4th graders decided on a "gum worthy" class reading challenge, and teacher Laura and Librarian Laura were witnessed shaking hands agreeing to the deal.

"The Gum" is now on display in my office window.
I have a feeling that chewing it is in my future.

You can't see it in the picture, but the wrapper is covered in 5s! It's fate!

This piece of gum and my excited 4th grade readers totally made my day.