The votes have been counted. Our second grade students favored Finding Winnie, by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall as the book they thought deserved to be the 2016 Caldecott Award winner in our Mock Caldecott Event. (The real judges agreed with them, they will be happy to learn!) A distant second choice for our second graders was Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora. Clustered in third place were the books Water is Water, Toys Meet Snow, and Drum Girl Dreaming.
Some of their comments were insightful, "I like this book because the pictures helped me understand the book and I loved the bright colors." And "the pichers are good it even did reflechin on the water like it dose for real."
I look forward to sharing the results of the second graders' votes as well as the real Caldecott judges' decisions.
The work of evaluating and comparing requires a lot of thought. Putting themselves in the shoes of the judges gives students an opportunity to read a book closely and really think about it. What is the book trying to say?
How much additional information do the pictures offer? And finally, which illustrator did the best job?