1.28.19 It’s Monday! What are you Reading? It’s CALDECOTT DAY!!!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

{Celebrating the books we’ve read in the past week


the titles we are currently reading.}

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What students said about The Remember Balloons:

  • This book had colors and it had really good detail and I like how the story went.

  • I loved how each one of the balloons were based 9n a different story. Also the older you are the more balloons you will have.

  • I chose this book because the illustrations really tell the story and the illustrations represent special things to the character in this book.

  • I chose this book as the winner because it was really interesting how it used metafores to tell a bigger story.

  • I think this should be the winner because it has symbolism, but this symbolism is very easy to figure out, and it has lots of detail, with good decoration.

  • I picked this book because I felt like it really had a meaning it showed something that happens in real life but they made it even more interesting they made it fun.

  • I chose this book because it had lots of meaning. For example for every balloon that someone had, that is a memory. Towards the end the kid soon asks about his grandpa’s balloons and he starts to let go (forgets the memories). After the grandpa dies, the kids gets all his grandpa’s balloons because while he was listening he was making memories.

  • I think the remember balloons because it reminded you on how many memories you have. I say this because she was seeing all of the things she remembered

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What students said about Blue:

  • I think this book is my winner because it’s about a dog growing up and the dogs name is Blue. At first I didn’t understand the book then I realized the dogs name was Blue and then I read it over again and I understood the book more.

  • I think it’s the winner because he had lots of colors that means something

  • I chose blue as my winner because of the story the pictures told. The words didn’t tell the story but only assisted it to help explain the story a little better. Also the clever cutouts were very interesting. The pictures told this story about how the kid had a dog named blue then lost the dog. Later they got a new dog named blue. It was very clever how it used a dog to kind of get to your emotions to like the book even more.

  • This is the book I choose to be the Caldecott winner because it is a very nice book and it actually tells a deep story.I also like this book because blue is my favorite color.

  • I choose this book as the winner because it is an amazing book and has very good illustrations.

  • I choose this book because it was all happy then sad and then happy so it had a really good ending. It had really good pictures to go along with the book and I just think it should be number one.

  • Cause the book was literally the same turnout and the book basically was copy of my life.

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And now….
the official winner chosen by the Caldecott committee:
A stunningly beautiful book and great choice. This is Ms. Blackall’s second win.
Here are the honor books, which will look familiar, too:




In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke, an illegal third child, has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm in this start to the Shadow Children series from Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Luke has never been to school. He’s never had a birthday party, or gone to a friend’s house for an overnight. In fact, Luke has never had a friend.

Luke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the Population Police. He’s lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family’s farm, he is no longer even allowed to go outside.

Then, one day Luke sees a girl’s face in the window of a house where he knows two other children already live. Finally, he’s met a shadow child like himself. Jen is willing to risk everything to come out of the shadows — does Luke dare to become involved in her dangerous plan? Can he afford not to?


My Thoughts….

Terrifying. And BORING! The thought of trying to stay hidden and unseen sounds awful. I sure felt bad for Luke and cheered for him as he met Jen. Because of her family, her situation was totally different, yet so much the same.

It must have been so strange for him to be so unknowledgeable about the world outside his house. Jen had her internet connections — Luke was like a young, naive child.

I was impressed by how big a story Haddix could write with such a small setting.

Of course, that all changes at the end of this book. The setting is about to get much, much bigger.



Period 2&3 read 4 books this past week.

Period 5&6 read 12 books this past week.

Period 8&9 read 21 books this past week.















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