Caldecott Award

Award winning books to help us learn in 1st grade!

These are just a few of the amazing books that we will be using in the classroom this year! I encourage you to check out these books at your local library so that you can discuss with your kids about what they are learning!
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Strega Nona

Strega Nona, the grandmother witch, is known around the town for her powers to cure headaches, make warts disappear, and mix a potion to find a girl a husband. Big Anthony comes to work for her. One day he sees her using her magic pasta pot and even though Strega Nona warns him never to touch it, he is enthralled by it. He waits for his chance to use it when Strega is gone and faces a pretty big consequence.


Students will be using the book to learn about predicting as a strategy. Students will predict prior to reading and refine predictions while reading in order to more easily understand new concepts. We will also use the book to discuss character traits and cause and effect.

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The Snowy Day

This vivid books depicts a child's excitement about the first snowfall of the year. It follows him on his adventure through the snow.


This book works great with sequencing, an important skill to learn how stories work. The children will do a series of writing prompts that have them discuss what happened first, second, next, after, then, etc.


Fun Fact:

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats was the first American picture book that featured an African American child as the main character.

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Inch by Inch

The story follows a cleaver inchworm that is proud of his ability to measure anything under the sun. When faced with the danger of being eaten by a hungry robin he has to think quick about how to get away.


This great read aloud will help to introduce measurement to the class! It will lead a discussion about how to measure with a ruler and demonstrate the relationship between inches, feet and yards.
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When Sophie Gets Angry... Really, Really Angry

This thoughtful story depicts a young girl who becomes really upset when her sister demands for a turn playing with a favorite stuffed gorilla, but she takes her time to cool off and regain her composure.


This book is going to be read aloud to the class at the beginning of the year to discuss how to control our emotions and what to do when we are angry. It will also be used to introduce the cozy corner that we have in our class for the students that need time to reflect and calm down.
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Officer Buckle and Gloria

The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s long list of safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches. Suddenly Officer Buckle's safety tips become famous and the town becomes a little safer.


During the social studies module students will be learning about citizenship. They will explore potential safety problems and then devise possible solutions. Each student creates a safety tip poster similar to the ones in the book to present a solution to one of the identified safety problems. Students will communicate their safety messages to others by presenting their posters.