Thursday, December 17, 2015

NCCBA & informational picture books

On Wednesday, Sky class students cast their votes for their favorite North Carolina Children's Book Award picture book nominee!

Sky class teachers read the ten nominees during story time and students looked at the books independently during library checkout and lunch recess. After carefully considering the ten nominees, Sky students each voted for the one book that stood out as their favorite. 

The classroom was transformed into a polling place, complete with voting booths, ballots, a ballot box, and "I Voted!" stickers. For an extra treat, we celebrated with some kettle corn. :) 

With 15 votes, the winning book in Sky class is... Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, a nonfiction picture book companion to her Newbery Award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan. 

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I found it interesting that 21 students chose nonfiction picture books as their favorites, and in talking with students about the nominees, some commented that they liked that these books were "real" and "about history." That's all this librarian needs to bring out some nonfiction picture book recommendations! 

Currently on our NEW BOOKS shelves in the library, check out some of these informational picture books!


The House That Jane Built: A Story About Jane Addams    Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965    Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crecio en el BronxWangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees    21942920
Ben Franklin's Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention    14955390    9642662
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25261696    The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse    15710450



Happy reading!