Thursday, February 3, 2011

WIN the 2011 Caldecott Winner!!!! Book Giveaway!

The children in my class make me smile.... often. This year my students have been particularly interested in pointing out books that have been awarded Caldecott Medals. It is one of the first things they notice when I share a new book with them. Several students have drawn these medals on the covers of books they've written in Writer's Workshop. This makes me smile!!

There have been many times that we have read an outstanding book (that has NOT won a Caldecott) and the children say, "Now THIS BOOK really deserves a Caldecott. Why in the world didn't this awesome book win?". Again, I'm smiling!!

It's so exciting to hear 5 and 6 year old children talking about books with such insight, interest, and excitement.

When this year's Caldecott winner was announced I couldn't wait to buy the book and share it with my students.

The 2011 Caldecott Winner is......


A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Amos McGee works at the zoo. He always makes time for his animals friends, until one day he wakes up with "the sniffles and the sneezes and the chills"....
This is such a sweet book about friendship. My class really loved it!

The book was written by Phillip Stead, and illustrated by his wife, Erin Stead. The students were surprised to hear that this was the first published book that Erin has illustrated.

Here's what my students had to say about it:

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I am giving away a copy of this awesome book.


1. Become a follower of this blog: Literacy and Laughter
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4. Leave a comment about your FAVORITE children's book - Caldecott winner or not : )

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Entries must be received by: Friday, February 11th @ 9:00 p.m. PST.

I will be randomly choosing a winner on Saturday, February 12th.

Good Luck!!!


  1. You are the queen of finding awesome books!! I love the videos of your students!! They are great book critics!!

  2. I already follow your blog! I have been wanting to check out this book - it looks really cute!

  3. I am a follower of your blog! This book sounds like it would be a great addition to my zoo unit!

  4. Thanks Jonelle! I just LOVE children's literature! The students really enjoyed A Sick Day for Amos McGee.

    Dana and Kelly THANKS for following the blog! GOOD LUCK TO YOU BOTH! Kelly- this is would be an awesome book to read during your zoo unit.

  5. Glad I found your blog! I will certainly have to check out this book:) Thanks.

  6. I finally was able to follow your blog - computer glitches!

  7. I liked your site on FaceBook! I like that I can share my interest with others through facebook!

  8. I became a follower of your blog! I found you through Cara Carroll's linky party!

  9. My favorite children's book is "Officer Buckle and Gloria." I love the illustrations!

  10. My favorite Caldecott winner is Jumanji (that probably dates me, huh?)

  11. My favorite kids' book is Winnie the Pooh.

  12. My favorite book changes as I read a lot, but my current favorite is Square Cat by Elizabeth Schoonmaker.

  13. My favorite book (these days) is A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

  14. I am a GFC follower (Stephanie M)

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  15. I liked on FB - Stephanie McCarthy

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  16. My favorite children's book is Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco.

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  17. I like so many many children's books! A favorite would have to be The Monster at the End of This Book-always get laughs from the kiddos! :-)

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