What's Going On in the Library?

February 2018

Family Voting is Open for Mock Caldecott

The American Library Association (ALA) usually awards its Caldecott Medal in January to the artist of "the most distinguished American picture book for children." This year, the ALA conference is later than usual, so we still don't know the winner yet. Will it be one of the books on the Garden City Mock Caldecott list?


First- and second-graders are listening to and discussing a slew of books, and we will be voting on the finalists that make it through our "primaries."


Families may vote from the full list here.


To see plot summaries, watch book trailers, and download publisher activity guides, go to this LibGuide page.

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Above: The winning title from Rhode Island's Mock Newbery, which I participate in each year with other school and public librarians. I have it on our Mock Caldecott list as well!

Getting Out the RICBA Vote

The annual Rhode Island Children’s Book Award (RICBA) goes to the book selected by students in grades 3-5 as their favorite from a list of 20 nominees.

Students who read 3 or more nominated books may vote the week after February vacation. I'm aiming to cover a few of the shorter nominees during library classes. As of 2/5, we had 37 qualified voters.


Students who read 5 or more qualify to participate in our inaugural Rooster Games, which will feature multiple rounds of gameshow-style activities that test kids' knowledge of the RICBA nominees. It will take place at the Central Branch of the Cranston Public Library on Wednesday, April 11, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. As of 2/5, we have 7 team members. I will be contacting parents of kids who qualify with the details.

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What We're Covering This Month

I'm working on getting all of my lessons and resources online via the LibGuide platform. I also post photos of students and their work on our blog. In addition to Mock Caldecott for Grades 1 and 2, here's what we're currently learning about:


  • PreK - Seasons and animals
  • K - Fiction v. nonfiction
  • 3 - Placing holds on books
  • 4 - Plagiarism and paraphrasing
  • 5 - Advertising

Ms. Moore's Favorite Reads of the Month (They're All Middle Grade Fiction This Time)

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