May 18-24 Chestnutwold Library Flexible Learning for Gr. 1-5

Book Awards!

Dear Chestnutwold Students,

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which book to read next! You walk into the library and there are thousands of books from which to choose! One way of making a book choice is to choose a book that others have enjoyed. Book awards are given to books that many people have enjoyed reading. Here are four awards that are given annually by the American Library Association:

 

  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

  • Caldecott Award

  • Robert F. Sibert Award

  • Newbery Award* (extra challenge)

 

This week you will be reading award-winning books. You can participate online (reading e-books) or offline (reading print material). Online readers will read books that have actually won each of the awards above. Offline readers will be awarding their own version of the Geisel, Caldecott, Sibert, or Newberyawards to books from their home libraries. The extra challenge is the Newbery award since these books are longer. Choose one of the award activities below. Have fun!

Miss you!

Mrs. Dambman


The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is given to the best book for beginning readers. It is awarded to both the author and illustrator.

 

ONLINE CHOICE

Read at least two of these Geisel Award winning books.  Which is your favorite? Which book do you think would be most enjoyed by a beginning reader? 

If needed, Username: Learning20 Password: Clifford

 

OR 

 

OFFLINE CHOICE

Find two beginning reader chapter books in your collection. Ask the people in your family to read them with you. Award your own Geisel medal. Which is the family favorite and winner of your family’s Geisel medal?


 

Are you curious? The 2020 winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award is  . . . 

 

 

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The Caldecott Award is given to the best 

illustrated picture book for children. It is awarded to the illustrator.



 

ONLINE CHOICE

Use Bookflix to read at least two of these Caldecott Medal winning books. Which is your favorite? Pay attention to both the illustrations and text as you make your decision.

If needed, Username: Learning20  Password: Clifford

 

 

OR 

 

OFFLINE CHOICE

Find two picture books in your book collection. Ask the people in your family to read them. Which story is the family favorite and winner of your family’s Caldecott medal? Pay attention to both the illustrations and text as you make your decision.

 

(You can click here to see the list of past Caldecott medal winners.)



 

Are you curious? The 2020 Caldecott Medal winner is . . .

 

 

Watch this clip on the publisher’s website to learn about this book.

 

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The Robert  F. Sibert Award is given to the author and illustrator of the best information book for children.




 

ONLINE CHOICE

Use Tumblebooks and read the 2010 winner of the Sibert Medal

 

After reading, rate the book in the categories located below. These are the same categories that the American Library Association uses to award the Sibert medal. Add up the book’s total score. 

 

Rate each category on a scale of 1-5:

  • Excellent, engaging use of language (Words used keep the reader interested)

  • Excellent, engaging pictures that help tell the story (Illustrations help the reader understand the words)

  • Supportive features that help the readers to understand the information presented (Does the book include index, table of contents, timeline, maps, or other features that help you to understand the information in the book?) 

  • Clear presentation of facts. (The reader can understand the information presented.)

 

POINT TOTAL

17-20 points I agree. This book is a winner! I would award the Sibert Medal to this book too!

14-17 points It’s a very good book.  I enjoyed reading it.

 

13 points or less There are other information books that I’ve enjoyed reading even more. 

 

OR

 

OFFLINE CHOICE

Read a non-fiction book of your choice. After reading, rate the book using the same categories that the American Library Association uses to award the Sibert Medal. Would your book win the Sibert medal?

 

Rate each category on a scale of 1-5:

  • Excellent, engaging use of language (Words used keep the reader interested)

  • Excellent, engaging pictures that help tell the story (Illustrations help the reader understand the words)

  • Supportive features that help the readers to understand the information presented (Does the book include index, table of contents, timeline, maps, or other features that help you to understand the information in the book?)

  • Clear presentation of facts. (The reader can understand the information presented.)

 

POINT TOTAL

17-20 points I agree. This book is a winner! I would award the Sibert Medal to this book too!

14-17 points It’s a very good book.  I enjoyed reading it.

13 points or less There are other information books that I’ve enjoyed reading even more.

 

(You can click here to see the list of past Robert F. Sibert medal winners.)

 

Are you curious? The 2020 winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal is . . . .

 

 

Read a few pages from this book on the publisher’s website

 

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*This award is for chapter books. This choice will take a lot of time to read. It’s an extra challenge.


The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is given annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

 

ONLINE CHOICE

Flora and Ulysses (Tumblebooks)

If you use getepic, there are these 5 Newbery winners listed here. 

 

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

M.C.Higgens, the Great by Virginia Hamilton

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer

 

OR

 

OFFLINE CHOICE

Find a Newbery winner in your book collection and read it. You can click here to see if you have any of these Newbery titles in your collection of books.

 

Are you curious? The 2020 Newbery Medal winner is . . .

 

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