Buckeye Children’s Book Award Nominee – Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

This week we continued reading books that have been nominated for the Buckeye Children’s Book Award.  This week’s book was Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Prior to reading the book, I had the students study the picture on the title page for details. We talked about what that meant (colors, patterns, # of items, direction, etc.)    During the story, I told them that they had x-ray vision to explain how they could see the gems but the characters could not.  At the end we reviewed the details on the last page comparing it to the first page, to conclude that the characters did not land back where they started.


After reading the book, students were shown how to  do a Catalog Search by Author/Illustrator to find other books by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen .

Additional Activities

Printable –  Sam & Dave Dig a Hole – Storyhour Kit
Maze and drawing activities p. 11 & 12

Featured Books –  Past Buckeye Award Nominees/Winners, Books by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Computer Activity – Book Trailer (YouTube)


Buckeye Children’s Book Award Nominees – Week #1

This week we are going to begin reading  the books that have been nominated for the Buckeye Children’s Book Award. The Buckeye Award is an Ohio state award which the books are nominated and voted on by the children in Ohio.  We will be reading the books that have been nominated and then voting on their favorite.  This week’s nominee is Just a Duck? by Carin Bramsen.  Prior to reading this book, which is her second book with Cat and Duck, I showed them her first book Hey, Duck  and summarized the book for them. 


Additional Activities

Printable –  Five Little Ducks

Featured Books –  Past Buckeye Award Nominees/Winners

Computer Activity – INFOhio – K-5 – BookFlix – Animals


Biographies – Star Stuff

This past  week we talked about one more special section of the library, the Biography section.  We read the book  Star Stuff, a biography about Carl Sagan


We talked about what a biography was and where they are located in our library.  We also talked about how they are organized (in alphabetical order by the person’s last name).  

Additional Activities

Printable –  Constellations Dot-To-Dot

Featured Books – Biographies

Computer Activity – Enchanted Learning – Stars

Chapter Books/Fiction

We are continuing to explore the different sections of the library.  This week we talked about our Chapter Book/Fiction section.  We talked about how they are similar to Picture Books (made-up stories, arranged in alphabetic order by the author’s last name) but they have fewer pictures or no pictures and if there are pictures they are usually just in black and white.  We then read the first chapter of “The Year of Billy Miller” by Kevin Henkes.  Kevin Henkes has written many picture books including Lily’s Purple Plastic  Purse.  Several of them have won awards.  The chapter book we read won the Newbery Award, and we talked briefly about that award.


After reading the first chapter, we talked about what we thought would happen in the rest of the book.  Then students were asked to pick out a chapter book that was just right for them.  Last week we talked about the Five Finger Rule.  This week we talked about  another method for  choosing books  – size.  Thinner or shorter books would most likely be easier vs. thicker or longer books which would most likely be harder.

We also briefly talked about taking care of library books.  We used a series of posters with rhymes on them, which I had covered the last word and they joined in filling in the blank.


Additional Activities

Featured books – Picture books by Kevin Henkes

Printable – Fiction acrostic poem (write poem using the letters of the word Fiction)

Computer Activity – Author’s Website – Kevin Henkes