Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 Caldecott and Newbery Winners

Last week, the fourth graders read and rated some of the many, many children's picture books of 2013. They liked some better than others, but we were surprised by the winner of the Caldecott Medal, Locomotive, by Brian Floca.  The illustrations are wonderful, but the story was not so gripping as to keep their attention.  Many gave the highest rating to Journey, by Aaron Becker, so we were not surprised that the Caldecott committee chose it for a Caldecott Honor.  I put together a Prezi presentation on the winners of the Caldecott Medal and Honors, and included the winner of the Newbery, Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, because I am a huge fan of her books and recently read this one for fun.  You can find my presentation here.  If you have not used Prezi before, take a look! What a great tool for anyone looking for a more interesting way to present materials besides PowerPoint.

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