Monday, February 6, 2012

Caldecott Challenge--Mixing it Up

Rereading Barkis
(one of the long ones)--F. loves Turlay Newbery
We are working our way through the Caldecott Books at our house.  The older texts are taking a lot longer to get through than I thought they would.

Unlike many other Caldecott readers out there participating in the Caldecott Challenge, I just can't bring myself to read these books in order.  The challenge is supposed to be stress free--and better yet, fun...and so, I mix it up, and I stay happy. One long book with a shorter one each night. Story time can't take much more than that. Because the books from the earlier years have a lot of words in them--and they aren't that exciting to read Shocking, I know. I can't wait until the day when every book in my stack excites me.

As I slowly make my way through the first decade, I have enjoyed comparing books from the same time period, and seeing how they are similar and different than books of today.  My main take away so far is that the history of Children's Picture books is intense, and diverse--and I am so happy with how far it has come.

1 comment:

  1. Anna, I am slow going. I just picked up my first stack of early Caldecotts from the library yesterday and I will admit that I am not super excited after reading many of the earlier posts of text-heavy winners. But, I keep reminding myself that the challenge is "stress free" and I will work at my own pace! :) Leslie