Thursday, January 27, 2011

Doodle 4 Google in 2011

and maybe your child will win big!

Google doodles are those fun redesigns that occasionally grace the Google corporate logo, like the one celebrating Albert Einstein's birthday, or the first day of spring, or the Mars Rover landing.

This year, Google is inviting K-12 children in the U.S. to unlock their imaginations around the theme "What I'd like to do someday..." Top prize for one talented and lucky student doodler is a $15,000 college scholarship and a $25,000 technology grant for their school!

Registration for this contest closes March 2. You can read all the details here, and if your young artist is in need of some inspiration, take a look at the more than 300 previous Google doodles from the last ten years.

Now get those crayons and pencils and paper out and have at it!

Photo from Microsoft Office Online

Monday, January 24, 2011

How the Art was Made for a Caldecott Winner

We hope you've read this year's recently announced Caldecott winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee.

Now you and your young illustrators-to-be can see how Enid Stead created the woodblock pictures in this charming book! It's a fascinating look at the tools, techniques and processes that go into an award-winning picture book. Enjoy!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Video: A Wrinkle in Time in 90 Seconds!



A Wrinkle in Time by Madeliene L'Engle, winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, is the first entry in the 90 Second Newbery Video Contest!

What a great way to get kids excited about books and reading! All you have to do is compress the content of any Newbery winner or Newbery honor book into a 90 second dramatization starring real kids.

Check out all the rules (and get lots of suggestions and inspiration). You have until September 15, 2011 to enter.

Now start reading and have at it!

Friday, January 14, 2011

2011 Children's Literature Award Winners!

We recently reported on the 2011 Newbery and Caldecott award-winning books.

There were numerous other awards that were bestowed at the American Library Association's mid-winter conference in addition to the Newbery and Caldecott. You can find more about all of these wonderful books, audiobooks, DVDs (plus a video of a young girl explaining the history of the Caldecott medal) and more here.

And here's the complete list of all the youth media awards. It's a great place to get ideas for books to share with young readers of all ages. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

And the Newbery Winner is...

Moon Over Manifest, written by Clare Vanderpool, was awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal award yesterday at the American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference.

Books which received a Newbery Honor were (in alphabetical order by author):










Congratulations to all the winners!

Monday, January 10, 2011

And the Caldecott Winner Is...

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Enid E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead won the prestigious Caldecott Medal awarded at the American Library Association's Mid-Winter conference today.

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Laban Carrick Hill was awarded a Caldecott honor, as was Interrupting Chicken, illustrated and written by David Ezra Stein.


The library wants to send a big thank you out to every Arlington school student, as well as the school librarians who participated on one of the mock Caldecott committees! We had a wonderful time working with the groups and we all learned a great deal about what makes an award-winning picture book.

Let's do it again next year!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Barcroft Elementary School: And the Caldecott Winner Is...



A group of hard-working third graders from Barcroft are pleased to announce Art & Max written and illustrated by David Wiesner as their Caldecott winner!
They chose three additional books for Caldecott honors:
The Boy in the Garden by Alan Say
City Dog, Country Frog illustrated by Jon J. Muth, written by Mo Willems
A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead.

Well done! We thank the Barcroft students for their diligence and excellent work!

Randolph Elementary School: And the Caldecott Winner Is...





















There seems to be a trend in voting this year, as the students on the Randolph Elementary mock Caldecott committee also selected Art & Max by David Wiesner as their winner.
They also selected two Caldecott honor books: Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton, with illustrations by Raul Colon and A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead, with illustrations by Erin E. Stead.
More good work from Arlington's younger readers! Let's see how Randolph's choices hold up when the Caldecott winner is announced next week.

Patrick Henry Elementary: And the Caldecott Winner Is...



















After careful consideration by the committee, Art & Max by David Wiesner took the top award at Patrick Henry.

Students also awarded mock Caldecott honors to City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J. Muth and All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil Frances Alexander, with illustrations by Ashley Bryant.

Well done! We can't wait to see how Patrick Henry's winners measure up to the "official" Caldecott committee. Check back on Monday, Jan. 10 to find out!

McKinley Elementary School: And the Caldecott Winner Is...

















Another vote for City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, with illustrations by Jon. J. Muth!


Students from Kyra Wohlford's 5th grade language arts class at McKinley also chose two Caldecott honor books: Art & Max by David Wiesner was their second choice and The Boy in the Garden by Alan Say came in third.

We're impressed by how well all our mock Caldecott groups are doing! The McKinley students should be proud of their efforts!

Key Elementary: And the Caldecott Winner Is...


Students at Key Elementary School proclaimed Art & Max by David Wiesner as the winner of their mock Caldecott Award. They also bestowed Caldecott honors for two books: City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, with illustrations by Jon J. Muth and A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip Christian Stead, with illustrations by Erin E. Stead.
Congratulations to Key's mock Caldecott committee! They've done great work and we'll soon soon if the official Caldecott committee agrees with their choices.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Long Branch Elementary School: And the Caldecott Winner Is...



















Discerning young readers at Long Branch Elementary School selected City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, with illustrations by Jon. J. Muth, as their Caldecott winner.


They awarded a Caldecott honor to Art & Max by David Wiesner.

Good job! We'll see how the Long Branch group stacks up when the results are announced next Monday!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Glebe Elementary School: And the Caldecott Winner Is...


Arlington public and elementary school librarians, along with discerning groups of young book lovers, teamed up again this year to select the best picture book of 2010 in much the same manner as the official Caldecott committee. With guidance from the librarians, students in ten elementary schools analyzed the illustrations of up to a dozen potential award-winning books before selecting their favorite.
For the children at Glebe Elementary, the mock Caldecott winner was Chalk by Bill Thomson. Honors went to LMNO Peas by Keith Baker and City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems and Jon J. Muth. The children did a wonderful job and we'll soon see how there choices stack up when the official Caldecott is awarded on January 10, 2011.