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Students Conduct Mock Caldecott Trial for Literature

Students in the Parent Partnership Program recently had the opportunity to partner with Paula Burton, who is the King County Library Services (KCLS) Children's Librarian for North Bend and Fall City. Together, they read and discussed engaging new children’s books that were being considered for the 2017 Caldecott Medal, which honors the best picture book of the year.

Over the course of four months, Burton brought 15 picture books that she thought could be Caldecott Medal contenders, to share with students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. She also created a Mock Caldecott Trial ballot for the students to cast their votes for their favorite books, based on the compelling stories and illustrations.

Click here for her Mock Caldecott Ballot which features the 15 book covers and titles, with authors and illustrators.

Radiant Child
Ultimately, the American Library Association announced that the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went to Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe.
 Du Iz Tak? The book Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis was the favorite of the K/1 students, however.

“Although it (Du is Tak?) did not win the top award, I think the students were excited to see it receive a Caldecott Honor,” said Jill Wendlick, Parent Partnership Program K/1teacher.

Wendlick added, “This opportunity with KCLS has been extremely rewarding. We feel very fortunate that Paula created this Mock Caldecott Trial especially for our Parent Partnership K through 3rd grade students. This experience has given them a window into the Caldecott Medal selection process. It has also been fun watching the students discover past Caldecott Medal winners in our classroom and at the local library.”

The Snoqualmie Valley School District Parent Partnership Program (PPP) offers families, who choose to educate their children at home, resources, guidance and a learning community to support their journey. Certificated teachers work with families to develop a Student Learning Plan tailored to each child’s individual needs. From curriculum materials and technology resources, to weekly engaging classes for students in grades K-10, the program provides families a partnership in their home education. The program is located in modular classrooms on the Mount Si Freshman Campus in Snoqualmie.
 To thank Paula Burton, the class gave her a speciall autographed copy of the winning Caldecott Medal book "Radiant Child."
 Students took turns sharing with the class, which book was their favorite and why.
 KCLS Librarian Paula Burton reading to the PPP class.