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Mock Caldecott Project

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.

The project benefits children, teachers, and entire school communities. Approximately 30 students per class, in 3 or 4 grade-level classes per elementary school, participate in the project. We will do the project in five underprivileged Portland area schools during the 2003 - 2004 school year. Teachers benefit from the teacher training that is integrated into the project. The entire school community will benefit from the project because we will donate books used in the project to the school library.

Using distinguished picture books increases reading scores...

reading enjoyment...
critical book evaluation...
award process...