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)



About SHaberstroh

I'm an Elementary School Librarian, with a Masters in Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University. I retired at the end of the school year June 2017.

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