"I regularly visit the second grade classes at Irvington Elementary to read and discuss picture books. Last year they participated in Children's
Literature Alive! and were very enthusiastic participants. They held their own Caldecott election. I watched as their sophistication and enthusiasm
in looking at and discussing picture books grew. The teachers were so enthused that they decided to follow the same format and do it on their own
this year. Each month I look forward to visiting them, reading Caldecott winners and honor books to them and finding the best new books to discuss.
The enthusiasm and knowledge of the children led me to attend the OLA Mock Caldecott workshop. It was a wonderful opportunity not only to discuss and
learn how to discuss picture books, but also to refine my own ability to look and appreciate."
Albina Branch-Multnomah County Library