ALA Awards Announcements!!!

This morning, Monday January 27,2014 at 8:00am the ALA announced their annual awards. I know that many of my students participating in our Mock Newbery Club are eager to know the results. Unfortunately, our brutal weather in the Midwest closed schools so we were not able to view this broadcast as a Club together.
There were so many great books recognized that I won’t be able to share them all here. I will highlight just a few that I think will be interesting. If you want to see the full list, go to:
The Winner Was: FLORA AND ULYSSES: The Illuminated Adventure by KATE DICAMILLO
Flora and Ulysses
Flora and Ulysses

There were three Newbery Honor Awards(sort of like runner-ups)


This beautiful book also won a SIEBERT HONOR (the category for informational/nonfiction books)


There were three Caldecott Honor Awards:

This is a collection of some of the best of Children’s literature this past year. There are many other awards that I have not highlighted and there are many, many wonderful books from 2013 that did not make this award list. I know that our Mock Newbery Club had a wonderful time reading as many new books as possible. We now have some new award winners to catch up on. Then it is off to 2014 and all the great books yet to be published and read!!


Reading in 2014

Where to begin? There are so many wonderful things to share since my last post. It has been a busy fall/winter. WE are within a week of the ALA announcements of the 2014 Caldecott and Newbery Book award winners. WE have participated in a Mock Caldecott club, in the primary grades, and a Mock Newbery club with the 3-5 grades. Everyone is very excited to see if their favorite book will win the prize.
The contenders according to the Banting Mock Caldecott Club are:
Mr Tiger Goes Wild

Little Red Writing


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The Day the Crayons Quit

AND THE BANTING WINNER IS: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

The contenders according to the Banting Mock Newbery club are:
True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp

The Center of Everything

Flora and Ulysses

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Doll Bones

Counting by 7's

A Tangle of Knots

AND THE BANTING WINNER IS: A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff