Have you ever looked at a book title, noticed an award on the front cover, and wondered what exactly it meant? A shiny gold medal on the front is really cool, but if you don’t know the meaning, what merit does it have?
I’ve fallen victim to this myself! I see library books on the shelves and think, “Oooh this one has an award on the front, it’s probably a great one to read!” and typically, it is! But what does the award even mean? What are the different awards? How do they compare to one another?
Here’s a list of each of the awards, and each week I’ll be doing a deeper dive into each one. I could fit them all into one post, but I feel like each of them deserve plenty of space and their own designated post so that we don’t have to skip out on details! They’re all unique and remarkable in their own way and don’t deserve to be given any less than the best.
The awards I will be covering are:
Pulitzer Prize Award Caldecott Award Newberry Medal Award Booker Prize Goodreads Choice Awards National Book Award Women’s Prize for Fiction PEN/ Faulkner Prize Edgar Award
Is there an award missing on this list that you’d like to see highlighted? Let me know and I’ll add it to my list!
Earlier in the summer I posted a free Summer Reading Bingo printable that I made quickly for my daughter and myself to enjoy over the summer months and shared it with all of you. I also printed out a few copies and put them in our local library for our community to enjoy! Many kids used the bingo chart and the library even generously supplied them with stickers and suckers when they got a bingo!
At our house, the bingo chart was a fun, low-pressure way to promote summer reading. I never offered an incentive, just the idea of getting bingo was incentive enough!
We spent our summer days reading in trees, pulling out books at meal times, and finding new books to hit all of our new genres to try. My child would go for weeks without even acknowledging the bingo page and then she would go several days trying to accomplish as many as possible.
It was all child-led and at her speed. It was a beautiful relationship that fostered her own love for reading!
We’ve had so many friends interested in another reading bingo that we’ll be posting a new fall/back-to-school reading bingo in the coming months! I’ve also started some quick brainstorming for a Christmas reading bingo as well.
Thanks for coming along on this ride with us, here’s to more independent, self-motivated reading kids!
Back to school is approaching (or has approached?) for many! We are about a month away from starting school and I know several schools have either started or will be starting soon as well. We’ve been pulling out back-to-school picture books in our house to get us prepped for the big day. These books are not only great for reading at home before school starts, or to read to your class on the first day of school.
How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan
We love the “How To” series, the humor of this book gives the first day of school a fun, exciting vibe.
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
This book comes from one of my favorite authors. I love the inclusivity and perspective of this book.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Also a favorite author in our house. This book has a soft spot in my heart because it was the book my first-grade teacher read to the class on the first day of school (back in 1999!)
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
This perspective shift the book is written in makes it captivating and fun.
Happy Independence Day! We’re celebrating the holiday in our favorite way… With picture books, of course! Here are a few we’ve read this year to learn more about Independence Day and what it means to America.
My daughter and I made this summer reading bingo printable for us to try out this summer, so I figured, why not share it with everyone? It’s nothing crazy special, we just used Google Docs and not some great graphic design program. But it did the job and looks decent!
I aimed to keep it formatted to reach all ages of kids. Our local librarian printed it out for anyone to grab that wanted one, and so far it’s been confirmed that preschool-aged students up to young adults have loved it.
One thing that I am making sure to do this summer with our bingo chart is to make it nothing but FUN. Reading shouldn’t be pressured or forced into charts. It’s fun to switch up your reading locations and types of books, but keep it just that… fun!
So try it out and let us know how it works for your students!