The Caldecotts Are Coming!


The Lower School Library is buzzing with excitement about the upcoming Caldecott Awards! Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade have been learning about the American Library Association’s award for the most distinguished American picture book for children and the criteria used to select the award winner.

Students used the same criteria for choosing the Caldecott Award winner and worked in groups to discuss and review 12 picture books. In preparation for our mock election next week, students evaluated these picture books in four categories with a point system. The evaluation process produced rich discussion and debate as well as gave students the opportunity to become intimately familiar with each book. Students are now ready to cast an informed vote for the most distinguished American picture book for children published in the year 2018.

But our preparation was not over! Students in 4th grade spent extra time in the library during lunch and recess to review the evaluation forms and tally the points by title to create a new top five list. Next week we will use this shortened list to vote for the award and honor books! On January 28th, when the Caldecott Award is announced, we will compare our winners to the American Library Association’s picks. Stay tuned!