[kids-lib] CSD Mock Geisel Results

Rick Samuelson ricks at wccls.org
Mon Dec 16 09:53:00 PST 2013

Hi gang,
Over 30 librarians, educators and children's book enthusiasts from all over Oregon and Southwestern Washington met on Saturday December 14th to participate in the first-ever Oregon Library Association's Children's Services Division<http://www.olaweb.org/csd> Mock Geisel Workshop.
The event included:

*         An overview of the ALA Geisel Award<http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/geiselaward> Committee experience courtesy of 2014 Geisel Committee member Janet Weber

*         An introduction to the Geisel Award Criteria by 2012 Geisel Committee member Jackie Partch

*         A presentation on what makes a beginning reader high quality from a reading instruction perspective by reading specialist Barbara Steinberg<http://www.pdxreadingspecialist.com/>

After meeting in groups to discuss a selection of beginning reader titles published in 2013, participants reassembled to vote on the 2014 CSD Mock Geisel Award!
Mock Geisel Award:
A Big Guy Took My Ball<http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15944573-a-big-guy-took-my-ball?from_search=true> by Mo Willems. Hyperion Books for Children, 2013.
Mock Geisel Honor Book:
Penny and Her Marble<http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14758779-penny-and-her-marble?from_search=true> by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books, 2013.
Participants left with a broader understanding of beginning readers and a greater appreciation for a book award that (while only in its ninth year) deserves to stand tall next to any other!
The full list of titles the group looked at included:
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting (illus. by Sergio Ruzzier). Clarion Books, 2013.
Monkey & Robot by Peter Catalanotto. Athenuem Books for Young Readers, 2013.
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow Books, 2013.
Max & Milo Go to Sleep! by Heather Long (illus. by Ethan Long). Aladdin, 2013.
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli. Disney Hyperion Books, 2013.
Robot, Go Bot! by Dana Meachen Rau (illus. by Wook Jin Jung). Random House, 2013.
Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier. Disney Hyperion Books, 2013.
Monkey and Elephant Get Better by Carole Lexa Schaefer (illus. by Galia Bernstein). Candlewick Press, 2013.
Letting Go by Janet Morgan Stoeke. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013.
A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems. Hyperion Books for Children, 2013.
Take care!

Rick Samuelson, Youth Services Librarian
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
111 NE Lincoln, MS 58A
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 648-9785 5#
ricks at wccls.org
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But they none of them know one half as much
As intelligent Mr Toad!"
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