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.
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!