It's award season and in the library world that means the annual announcement of this year's American Library Association's (ALA) Newbery, Caldecott and Sibert Medal awards. For those of you who aren't familiar with these awards, the John Newbery Medal is awarded for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children, and the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal for the most distinguished informational book (nonfiction) for children. The 2020 winners are:
We'd like to congratulate all of this year's award winners! All of their books are worthy of these accolades, and we look forward to being able to make them available as soon as possible to our students in the OPS Library Media Center.
Ever heard the old adage a picture is worth a thousand words? Well, there is some truth to it, and in the OPS Library we try to teach our students to read not only the words but also the pictures in any book that contains illustrations or photos. Whether that's considering the information conveyed by a photograph in a nonfiction book or the elements of a story that might be enhanced by an illustration in a fiction book. For instance, our first graders have been discussing how Dan Santat's illustrations in Aaron Reynold's Dude, enhance the single word (Dude!) that comprises the entirety of the book's text.
Our fourth graders have been poring over illustrations from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick to identify clues they can use as story elements (characters, setting, plot) and then using them to create their own original short stories. All of these activities help readers make connections between the text of a story and its illustrations. They also help students develop the visual literacy skills needed to improve their reading comprehension or, in the case of the older students, enhance their ability to write engaging narratives using descriptive detail and a clear sequence of events.
Santat, Dan. "Dude! Cover." Goodreads, 2020, https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/34506921-dude.
Lee, Suzy. "Wave Cover." Goodreads, 2020, https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/3171606-wave.