The Caldecott selection process in January is so much fun too! Our 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders, during their library class time, are given a selection of new picture books published in 2014 that are possible contenders for the upcoming award given for best illustrations in an American children's book. It is always so delightful to watch the kids critique the stories and pictures at their tables, conversations of why this one should or shouldn't get the award. They rate the books on a 1-5 star rating scale and we tally them at the end and wait and see if we have selected any of the same one's the committee has chosen. Last year we chose 3 of the same books they chose... It's all so very cool!!
So as we enter freshly into 2015, our library is all a "buzz" with book discovery and discussion. It is one of our favorite times of year... and I believe by the smiles on their faces, the depth of their conversations, and the excitement when they are in the library... it is fun for our kids too!! Happy 2015!!