This week we are kicking off the 2017 MCBA Program with students in grades 4 & 5. Each year the MCBA committee nominates 25 fiction titles that were published in the last five years. Students in grades 4,5, and 6 are asked to read at least five of the nominated titles in order to be eligible to vote for their favorite in March. The book that gets the most votes wins the 2017 Massachusetts Children's Book Award! This year's titles are below.
Each year the American Library Association awards the prestigious Caldecott medal to the best picture book of the year. As part of our library program, students in grades K-3 learn about the picture book evaluation process and review and analyze the top contenders. Students, teachers, and families are encourged to read as many of our "Caldecott Contenders" as possible before voting day in late January. Please take a look at the list of "Caldecott Contenders" at the link below. Happy Reading!
The Newbery award is presented annually to an author with "the most distinguished contribution in American literature for children." This year, our sixth graders will be participating in a Mock Newbery program. They will try to read as many of our Newbery Contenders as possible to determine which book they think deserves the award. Voting will take place in late January after our book discussion groups have met. The titles for our 2017 Mock Newbery are below.
We kicked off the start of the school year with library orientations for students in grades K-8! We are lucky to have Mrs. Davenport, our part-time library assistant, back at Pierce on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Our library is open everyday during school hours for students to borrow books. We have also been offering young adult booktalks to our middle school students and doing research on the continents using our online databases with second grade.