MCDS 3rd graders have been busy thinking critically about picture books! We learned all about the history of the award, the criteria, and the judging process. We read and analyzed past winners to see why they won and how the illustrators made the pictures. Then we read 13 new books that are eligible for the Caldecott this year. Each student had a voter packet to make notes and judge each book based on the following categories:
How well the pictures tell a story
If the style of the pictures matches the story
The details of the pictures in showing plot, character, mood, and setting
How well suited the pictures are for children
When the last book was read it was finally time to vote! We discussed how important it is for judges to be objective and not just vote for their personal favorite. Then we had a secret ballot where each student marked their first, second, and third choice for the Caldecott. Just like in the actual Caldecott committee, a book received four points for each first place vote, three points for each second place vote, and two points for each third place vote. When the results were tallied, we had a winner: Bagram Ibatoulline for The Matchbox Diary! For more stats on how each book fared and the individual class winners, click on the infographic below to enlarge and view it.