Friday, September 05, 2014

Mock Caldecott: Fall Edition

It's that time again! Mock Caldecott panels were held earlier this week with Dr. Mary Rycik's EDEC 323 Tradebooks and Technology with Literature class. I had an opportunity to meet with this class last week to help set up blogs and Pinterest sites used during the term. Their in-depth exploration of children's literature includes classics, poetry, folklore, fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction, award books, and a comprehensive author study.

... and their updated course LibGuide v2 is up to the challenge.

Prior to our session, students are introduced to elements of picture book art and illustration covering concepts of layout, design, form and function, balance, use of space, and the importance of art telling the story. Artistic mediums and styles, as well as parts of a picture book, are discussed. We met in the IRC to review and evaluate picture books; titles selected for the panel session meet criteria established by the Association for Library Services for Children, American Library Association Medal committee.

Twenty picture books considered are recent additions to the AU library juvenile collection. The selection included well known and award-winning illustrators as well as those new to picture book art. A variety of artistic mediums were represented such as collage, gauche, painted oils, pencil, watercolors, and mixed media. Students narrowed the field to four and voted for their winner. The Mock Caldecott winner, an overwhelming choice with 17 of 19 votes was Baby Bear, by author and illustrator Kadir Nelson. Honor book distinction was given to Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. Interested in the books we used, check out the IRC Mock Caldecott Pinterest board.

* This post was originally published on the IRC News & Information Blog, 9/2/14

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