Fourth and fifth graders at Orchard School are involved in a Mock Caldecott unit that lasts for three or four weeks prior to the actual Caldecott announcement each year in January. In collaborative teams, students evaluate about 24 books that have been preselected through favorable reviews. After going through the criteria, students post their thoughts in blogs, Padlets, Flipgrid videos or even on Twitter. Students are always excited to read replying tweets from the authors/illustrators! At the end of the unit, classes vote on which book they think deserves the Caldecott Medal.
Mock Caldecott 2017
It's so nice when authors/illustrators respond to students. Here are a few responses regarding this year's favorite books.