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Holding a Mock Caldecott

Michigan-based librarian Holly Storck-Post shares tips for putting together a Mock Caldecott program in your school library. Suggestions include creating a display with nominated titles for in-library reading; sharing an overview of the Caldecott’s history; reading aloud and discussing the books; and creating ballots and stickers.

Exploring picture books with middle grade students is beneficial in several ways: it ensures that stories are still being read aloud to older kids …and it reinforces the idea that it’s okay for “big kids” to read and enjoy picture books. Finally, middle graders are at an age when they can delve deeply into the artwork. (School Library Journal)

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