Recording of announcements.
One has won over 15 awards, including the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor. In this book about colors and numbers, the true message is about bullying. Red is a hot head that picks on blue. None of the other colors stand up for blue, until the day 1 appears. The number 1 stands up to red. The turning point of the story is summed up in the following quote. “One turned to the colors and said, “if someone is mean and picks on me, I, for One, stand up and say, No.” Yellow says, “Me two!” and transforms into the number 2. This gives the other colors courage to be brave and count also. Everyone stands united against Red, until Red has a change of heart and transforms into 7. One teaches us that EVERYONE counts! Otoshi’s third book Zero is about self-esteem.
Have you ever gone searching for an agate? They have a very special appeal to many rock hounds. This wonderful story is about a moose named Agate. He does not feel special. He is surrounded by friends are all named after gemstones and appear beautiful to him. Agate learns that true beauty lies within. The watercolor pictures are the perfect compliment to the text. A page with informational facts about each gemstone and agates is an extra surprise. Agate has his own website with dot-to-dot, drawing, and writing activities. http://agatethemoose.com/index.html The book and a poster are available from Lake Superior Magazine. http://lakesuperiormagazine.com/cat/agate.html Agate was awarded the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award - Best Children’s Picture Book in 2008. Agate is a wonderful book to give as a gift to kids and adults of any age. Add a bag of chocolate rocks to make the story, even sweeter.
The Windsor student votes are in for the Illinois Children's Choice awards. Pete the Cat came in first place and How Rocket Learned to Read was the second place winner for the Monarch award. Because of Mr. Terupt overwhelmingly captured first place for the Bluestem award. We are anxiously waiting for the results of the state winners to be announced March 22nd. Stay tuned to see if our winners become the state winners.
The American Library Association announced the winners of the ALA Youth Media Awards on January 28th. This is the 75th anniversary of the Randolph Caldecott Medal, which was awarded to illustrator Jon Klassen for his book, This Is Not My Hat. The illustrator must be an American citizen and the book must be published in the United States. Katherine Applegate’s book, The One and Only Ivan, was awarded the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature.
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. Copyright 2012. Published by Candelwick Press. Picture book. Recommended for Kindergarten – 5th grade.
A little fish steals a blue hat from a very large sleeping fish. He knows it is wrong but tries to justify stealing the hat and shares his plan to not get caught. The large fish wakes up, notices his hat is gone and begins to chase the little fish. A crab witnesses the little fish wearing the hat and points out which way he went to the large fish. The little fish swims to the area were the plants grow tall and thick. The leaves on the plants are shaped like fish. The last thing we see is the big fish coming out of the weeds wearing his blue hat. This is Not My Hat opens up the opportunity for discussion of stealing and consequences for our behavior. Use Jon Klassen’s 2011 book, I Want My Hat Back, to teach a lesson on comparative literature. There are many similarities and difference in the two stories.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao. Copyright 2012. Published by Harper, An Imprint of Harper Collins. 304 pages. Recommended for 3rd to 8th graders.
The One and Only Ivan is based on the true story of Ivan, a Silverback Gorilla. Ivan was taken from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1960’s and raised in a family home. When he became too hard for the family to keep, he was given to a circus-themed mall as an attraction. National Geographic ran a special featuring Ivan, The Urban Gorilla. This increased awareness led to letter writing and finally to Ivan’s move to the Zoo Atlanta, after living 27 years alone in a cage. The One and Only Ivan is written short passages similar to the format of a diary and includes a glossary. Ivan loved to paint and would sign his work with a thumbprint. Ivan narrates his life story of friendship and art. He becomes attached to his caretakers and uses art to communicate. Sadly, Ivan died August 20, 2012. He was 50 years old.
Mrs. Komarek - LMC Director