January 2015

Web Resources

Featured Article

Technology: And the Winner Is … Visual Literacy

Children often express opinions about art, but when asked why they like or dislike a photograph, artwork, movie, book, or video, they may not be able to articulate their thinking. Common Core State Standards require students to use critical literacy skills to support their opinions with reasoning. Elementary librarians, in collaboration with art teachers, can use activities related to the Caldecott awards to build students’ skills in critical visual literacy and set the stage for a Mock Caldecott culminating activity.


Meet the Author

TeachingBooks.net’s complete interview with Margaret Peterson Haddix.

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Additional Resources

  • Character Education
    What Makes a Picture Book Stand Out discussion questions and Outstanding Achievement Award reproducible
  • Freebies, Doodads, & Helpful Hints
    Searching for Excellence word find
  • Keep’em Reading
    2015 Mock Caldecott Book Suggestions, Questions for Award Consideration worksheet, and other resources
  • Library Lessons
    Using Wordless Picture Books activity ideas and story chart; lesson ideas, visuals, and activity sheets for Harold and the Purple Crayon, Journey, and The Day the Crayons Quit

Events Calendar

January calendar filled with fun-filled facts and activities

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