I really liked this reading assignment even though I had a tough time finding a Golden Sower book.
Up! Tall! And High!
This one the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and obviously I loved it because of who the award was named after (Dr. Seuss)! The illustrations were very bright and very big. This is definitely a great children’s book that even has pages that flip up and out which is a fun interactive twist on reading, in my opinion. This award is only given to books published in America, “American Children’s Literature”, among other criteria.
The Pirate of Kindergarten
This book won the Schneider Family Book Award. The award is given to author(s) and illustrator(s) that portray a disability that the character is experiencing. In this particular book the little girl sees double, so she has double vision. She is frustrated and gets embarrassed in front of her classmates, until she goes to the eye checkups at school and the nurse notices what is wrong. She ends up going to the actual eye doctor and get a cool eye patch to help train her eyes. She ends up loving life now that she sees “normally”, and she figured out she loves reading!
Who Am I without Him
This book won the Coretta Scott King Award. This award honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wife and her determination for peace. This book was short stories of the trials and tribulations of young love. Some of the stories were a little much for me because I couldn’t possibly relate to some of the girls because I don’t want a “thug” to be my boo. I do enjoy books like this because I am reading more than I can actually tell. I recommend this book for middle school aged girls who think that they have to revolve their lives around boys because that is what is important as a 14 year old.
This book won the Pura Belpre Award. Two medals shall be awarded annually at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association, one to a Latino author of an outstanding children’s book and one to a Latino illustrator for creating an outstanding children’s picture book. Each of these must be an original work that portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience. http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpremedal/belpresubmission/belprmedaltrms
I have never heard of this particular award before but the reading was very interesting. It has a Spanish word then the English word(s). I can’t pronounce all of these words but it was still educational. My favorite part was definitely the illustrations. They are beautiful, so intricate and life-like.
My Golden Sower award book is Jake and Lily. I am not quite finished reading this book yet but I can tell you it is about twins and from the sounds of it they start developing their own sense of independence. It is good so far so I am looking forward to finishing it.