Buckeye Award Nominees

This week we began reading the books that have been nominated for Ohio’s children book award, the Buckeye Award.  The first book we read was Carnivore’s written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Dan Santat. Prior to reading the book, we discussed  the following words  –  Carnivore,  Vegetarian and Sushi.

I shared with them the  activity sheets from Chroniclebooks.  We then discussed what a book trailer was, as well as a movie trailer.  Be sure to watch the book trailer for Carnivores.


Mo Williems


This week I read two of Mo Williems books ” That is Not a Good Idea” and “A Big Guy Took My Ball”.  I just attended Dr. Peggy Sharp’s “What’s New in Children’s Literature” where she featured the first book.  She recommended using a document camera when reading this story, since it looks like a silent movie and showing it one page at a time helps focus on the pictures and the text separately.  For a change of pace,  I decided to try it.  It really did work out great and the students seemed to enjoy it!


I read “A Big Guy Took My Ball” as a regular read aloud. I got so into the book that  afterwards one of the students said that he thought you weren’t suppose to yell in the library. ..  but the words were LARGE,  in bold and with an exclamation point!  What was I suppose to do?  So of course, I told them, if it was part of the story, it was okay.   After the story, I talked briefly about point of view.  This book is great for the concepts of size as well.

As an extension activity (after they check out their library books), I had them go to the author’s website.  I put it on the school’s  library website under their grade.  That way they can access the library website at home as well as school.  There is a video trailer for his book “That is Not a Good Idea”  under Visit GoMO.