I would be lying if I said that I was surprised with the results from the following classroom book award categories. My class is madly in love with everything Jennifer L. Holm writes, and they have been since I introduced them to Babymouse the first day of the school year.
I’m not sure if they love Holm because I love Holm’s work, or if I love Holm’s work because of how it touches my readers. I’m guessing that it is a combination of the two.
Without further adieu, I present to you day 2 of our classroom book awards:
My class fell in love with Shana Corey long before they realized that she also served as an editor to some of their favorite Jennifer Holm books. In the five years I have done classroom book awards we have never had the category, favorite editor. My students decide what awards to give, and they demanded that we honor our favorite editor. When I told them that they only know one editor a student said, “When someone is as Babymousetastic as Ms. Corey, they need to be honored.” It’s hard to argue with that.
I have a fourth grader that works on graphic novels every day after school. He told me yesterday that Matthew Holm is his hero. He said that every day he thinks about how cool it would be to create and draw and character as cool as Babymouse and Squish.
Babymouse For President
It’s not very often that 22 our of 24 students give a book 5 stars. Babymouse for President captivated my class in the month of May. All 24 students managed to read the book within 14 days of it coming into our classroom. I have really enjoyed talking about the ending with my fourth graders.
When my fourth graders gasp while reading Turtle in Paradise, I know exactly which part near the end they are reading. It makes me smile thinking about the conversation I’m about to have with that young reader.
When the year started zero students in my fourth grade classroom had read a Babymouse graphic novel. As we approach the end of the school year, nearly every student has read the complete series. I knew the class was hooked when Whiz-Bangs started showing up on Christmas lists.
A few weeks ago my students joined Mr. Schu’s readers in a four-way Skype with Jennifer and Matthew Holm. Bringing together readers from Michigan and Illinois, to their favorite author and illustrator in California and Oregon, was magical.