Children's Literature Alive!

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Children's Literature Alive's mission is to engage elementary-aged students with distinguished, new literature by providing books and experiences that nurture a love of reading.

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Children's Literature Alive! was founded in 2001 by Marian Creamer. The Foundation exists to create an appreciation of outstanding literature in public elementary schools where students may not otherwise have access, exposure, and guidance in the comprehension and appreciation of the most distinguished books currently published for children. By providing books to these school libraries, and experiences that engage students, Children's Literature Alive actively promotes reading as a lifelong habit. Each year since its inception, Children's Literature Alive! has doubled the number of students receiving instruction and materials. With your help we can continue this trend.
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Our core program is the Mock Caldecott Project. The Mock Caldecott Project is modeled after the Caldecott Committee (Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association). Students and teachers follow the Caldecott Committee's process for selecting the most distinguished picture books published during the preceding year. Students become passionately involved in reading, looking more closely at picture books, using critical thinking skills to analyze, discuss, nominate and articulate their reasons for selecting what they think is the best picture book. The Mock Caldecott Election is a cross-curricular unit including elements of information skills, mathematics, social studies, and art literacy. This authentic learning experience increases students' literacy and self-esteem.

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"I can't imagine teaching for all of these years without such distinguished picture books in a way that has improved my teaching and students' learning."