Mock Caldecott Results


The fourth graders at Minges Brook Elementary (Battle Creek, MI) and Brook Forest Elementary (Oak Brook, Il) worked collaboratively during the month of November on a Mock Caldecott project. The students had a blast: reading, discussing, Skyping, chatting on Edmodo, and voting.

I’m excited to share the fourth graders choices for Mock Caldecott.


Good News Bad News

By: Jeff Mack

Thoughts from the panelists:

I LOVE funny things-this was super funny.

Good News Bad News is a beautifully funny book about friendship.

I like how they were having a good time and it was good, and and then it was really bad news for them.

It was my favorite mock Caldecott book because I love the illustrations and the colors.



By: Laura Vaccaro Seeger


Thoughts from the panelists:

I love the holes in the pages.

Because one picture goes to the one on the next page.

This book is one of my favorite books because I like the way of how they found real but different colors of green.

This book is one of my favorite book in the whole world because of all the illustrations and cuts.

Extra Yarn

By: Mac Barnett

Pictures By: Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn

A few words from a pair of my biggest Extra Yarn fans.

One Cool Friend

By: Toni Buzzeo

Pictures By: David Small

One Cool Friend

A couple of my students recorded their book talk of One Cool Friend.

Thoughts from the panelists:

It was funny and the pictures are good.

I loved that he brought home a real live penguin he had to hide it from his dad.

Boy + Bot

By: Ame Dyckman

Pictures By: Dan Yaccarino

Boy and Bot

Be careful these 2 fourth graders will convince you to buy Boy + Bot…

Thoughts from the panelists:

The colors look like a cartoon.

I liked it because it showed the relationship and to me that is very important.

I liked it because it was about a boy and a robot that wanted to understand each other.



Ten Books I Need to Read in the Next Twelve Days


I am running out of 2012 reading days. My to-read pile is as big as ever, and I am starting to feel the heat. I’m looking forward to tackling 2013 books, but first I really really need to read these 2012 books.

Schu-Jonker Books

Last year I focused my week after Christmas reading on finishing up the Schu-Jonker Top 20. I plan on doing the same this year.

Island of the Galapagos

By: Jason Chin

Island Top 20 Childrens Books of 2012 (#15 11)

Starry River of the Sky

By: Grace Lin

Starry River Top 20 Childrens Books of 2012 (#15 11)

Hilda and the Midnight Giant

By: Luke Pearson

Hilda Top 20 Childrens Books of 2012 (#20 16)

One Dead Spy

By: Nathan Hale

Spy Top 20 Childrens Books of 2012 (#10 6)


By: Steve Sheinkin

Bomb Top 20 Childrens Books of 2012 (#10 6)

The Newbery Challenge

I have read 56 Newbery Medal winning books in 2012. I am hoping to read 2 more.

Bridge To Terabithia

By: Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia

The Westing Game

By: Ellen Raskin

The Westing Game


I am sort of obssessed with the Newbery Medal, and I am hoping that when the winner is announced in January that I will be able to say that I have read the most distinguished book of the year. Some say these books are candidates, so I need to check them our before the big day.

Three Times Lucky

By: Shiela Turnage

Three Times Lucky

No Crystal Stair

By: Vaunda Nelson

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller

Summer of Gypsy Moths

By: Sarah Pennypacker

Summer of the Gypsy Moths

I have a zero percent chance of reading all of these books in the next 12 days, but it has helped to prioritize my reading.

What books are you hoping to read as we come to the end of an amazing year for children’s literature?

Author Post From The Nerdy Book Club Finalists


I have spent much of the last couple of weeks pouring over the Nerdy Book Club ballot. I’ve been celebrating the nominations of my favorite books, and putting holds on many of the books that I have not read. I can’t wait to vote on Friday.

I thought it would be fun to put links to the author posts of the finalist, so that I could have them all in the same spot.

Picture Books: Fiction

Boy + Boy by: Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccariono

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Picture Book: Nonfiction

Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson and Raul Colon

A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix

Early Reader/ Chapter Books

Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner and Brian Floca

Graphic Novels

Babymouse #16: Babymouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm (Jenni’s Post)

Squish #3: The Power of the Parasite by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm (Matt’s Post)

Squish #4: Captain Disaster by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm (My Top 10 Reading Moments Post)

Lunch Lady #7: Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes by Jarrett Krosoczka

Lunch Lady #8: Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril by Jarrett Krosoczka (2011 Nerdy Winners)

Mal and Chad: Food Fight! by Stephen McCranie

Teen Boat by John Green and Dave Roman

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Middle Grade and Young Adult Nonfiction

The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth by Anita Silvey

Middle Grade Fiction

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

The Cloak Society by Jeramey Kraatz

Crow by Barbara Wright

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

May B by Caroline Starr Rose

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Young Adult Fiction

Ask The Passengers by: A.S. King