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All activities and pages in this booklet may be photocopied for use with students. A committee of school and public librarians developed these activities. Thanks to everyone who worked on the Book Award Committee this past year. This booklet is a tribute to the many hours of volunteer time given by these librarians. Thanks also to the many librarians and teachers all around the state who encourage their students to read the nominated books and to participate in the Book Award Program. It is their support and involvement in the program that guarantees its continuation and success. A special thanks goes to Follett Book Company who supports this committee by performing book availability checks, providing annotations, and printing and distributing a NCCBA poster each year. We anxiously await the outcome of the votes of our children in March 2007 when new winners of the N.C. Children’s Book Award are chosen once again. Happy reading! Be sure to check the Web Page for current information at: See additional web postings at NCSLMA, Learn NC, & NC WISE OWL. Book Award Committee Co-Chairs Sally Baron (CSS) Lisa Tucker (NCSLMA) For information: Lisa Tucker Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Middle Fork Elementary School 3125 Williston Road Walkertown, N.C. 27051 336-748-4090 (w) e-mail: Sally Baron North Regional Wake Cnty Public Lib. 200 Horizon Drive Raleigh, NC 27615 (w) 919-870-4020 Fax: 919-870-4007

Seals are available to place on the front of winning books at a cost of $.25 each. Please send a check made out to NCSLMA and mail to Lisa Tucker.


Librarians from all over the state make the work of the North Carolina Children’s Book Award program possible. Public librarians and school librarians work together gathering nominations, promoting the program, reading the books to children, sharing related activities with children, selecting titles, and sponsoring the voting for the North Carolina Children’s Book Award program each year. A special thanks to the following librarians for their efforts this year, for attending the selection meeting, doing the year-long business of the committee, and writing activities for this booklet. Your efforts are greatly appreciated! Susan Adams (Southeast Regional Library, Wake Public) Debbie Archer (Cornatzer Elementary School) Sally Baron, CSS Co-Chair (North Regional, Wake Public) Pamela Brillisour (Haw Creek Elementary School) Rachel Brillisour (North Windy Ridge Elementary School) Walter Carmichael (Vienna Elementary School) Deborah Christensen (Southwest Elementary School, Hickory) Ernie Cox (St. Timothy’s School) Ellen Decker (North Regional, Wake Public) Carolyn Dietz (Retired, Davidson County Schools) Rosemary Enos (Retired School Librarian) Valerie Galluppi (Southeast Regional, Wake Public) Diana Gawron (North Regional, Wake Public) Nancy Gordon (Fred Olds Univ. Connections Elem. School) Sarah Grajek (Rowan Public Library) Martha Hayes (Isaac Dickson Elementary School) Nancy Heiniger (D.F.Walker School) Tammy Hill (Walnut Cove Elementary School) Freeda Holladay (Rocky River Elementary School) Stephanie Howell (Carolina Day School) Beth Hutchison (Charlotte Public) Susan Inabinet (Blythe Elementary School) Melissa Mann (Hillcrest Elementary School) Lea McDaniel (First Ward Elementary School) Jacky Miller (Eden Branch, Rockingham Public) Brenda Phetteplace (South Toe Elementary School) Donald Poe (Uwharrie Middle School, Randolph County Schools) Sandy Poston (Mangum Elementary School) Vicki Stanfield, NCCBA Booklet Coordinator (Retired School Librarian) Robin Stone (West Montgomery High School) Lisa Tucker (Middle Fork Elementary School NCSLMA Co-Chair) Betty Weik (Meadowlark Elementary School) Regina Welsted (Central Elementary School, Statesville) Dian Williams (Ocracoke School)


D. Jane Wolfe (Retired Public Librarian) Mildred Woodard (East Regional, Wake Public) Special Thanks to our Webmaster---Chuck Rigney with Charlotte Public Library system. Visit to view his wonderful work and to register for the program.

Seals are available to place on the front of winning books at a cost of $.25 each. Please send a check made out to NCSLMA and mail to Lisa Tucker Purchase orders or e-mail requests are accepted. e-mail: Mail: Lisa Tucker Middle Fork Elementary School 3125 Williston Road Walkertown, N.C. 27051 Phone: 336-748-4090(w)



IDEAS FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE N.C. CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD PROGRAM… 6 TIMELINE FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE NCCBA PROGRAM………….………….….…page 7 WEB POSTINGS…………………………………….…………….…… 8 COPYRIGHT STATEMENT…………………….……………….…… 8 PAST WINNERS.....& SEALS……………….............................… 9-11 2007 PICTURE BOOK NOMINEES : 12 2007 JUNIOR BOOK NOMINEES: 14 PICTURE BOOK AWARD : RULES AND PROCEDURES/ 16 TITLE LIST with 18 CLASSROOM / LIBRARY 19 VOTING 47 ELECTION RESULTS 48 NOMINATIONS FORM FOR 2008...................................….page 49 JUNIOR BOOK AWARD: RULES AND PROCEDURES./ GUIDELINES.....…......… 50 TITLE LIST with publishers...............................……….....…page 52 CLASSROOM / LIBRARY 53 VOTING BALLOT.............................................…....….....… 75 ELECTION RESULTS FORM…………….…….………… 76 NOMINATIONS FORM FOR 2008 ..................……........….page 77



Ideas for Participating in the North Carolina Children’s Book Award Program
Order as many of the books as possible early in the year. Order multiple copies so that at least one copy of each title can be put on reserve for librarians and/or teachers. All nominated books on the list do not have to be shared with children. Some titles may not fit with your library‘s selection policy. Students only need to read five books to be eligible to vote. Share as many titles as possible. Suggestions for possible activities follow. Have a party or reception for the children and/or teachers to come and ―meet the candidates.‖ Have a schedule or calendar ready for them to sign up for their use. Be sure to communicate which titles you intend to use in your story times and/or lessons. Make book bags or boxes for each book that might include activities for home or school, discussion questions, or hands-on items that would be appropriate to supplement the story. Promote these activity bags to teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and private schools. Plan a unit on voting or elections and extend the unit into activities around the book nominations. Include campaign managers, speeches, slogans, posters, banners. parades, etc. culminating in an election in which an actual voting booth is used. Sponsor a contest for best banner or poster. Have a special reading week before the voting when you ask other staff members in the school to help read the books to children--include secretaries, custodians, bus drivers, assistant principals, supervisors, local celebrities, and parents. Videotape and broadcast. Make a ―Reading Rainbow‖ type video with the students writing and performing the book reviews. Broadcast on school news shows. Create an award for the winning book in your school. Create a certificate and commission a potter to create an award plate and send it to the winning author along with notes and pictures from the students. For voting, display the books in the order they are listed on the voting ballot. Borrow official voting machines from your local Board of Elections or investigate voting electronically or in a spreadsheet computer program. Place grocery bags in front of each book and have children drop beans or paper slips into one bag to cast their vote. Use the bookmarks in the activity booklet to register the titles they have read and then circle their choice for winner. Use the NCCBA Book List as Honor Club books for parents and students to purchase for the Media Center. Have them on display at the school‘s first Open House. Remember to introduce other new books to nominate for next year‘s award. Have students fill out the nomination form in the booklet.


July-August Order books. Register your library at Prepare story times and lesson plans. Read books and share with children. Implement various activities. Introduce the program to teachers and librarians. Encourage teachers to read books aloud to children. Promote the NCCBA Program at meetings, classes, programs, etc. Introduce other new books that fit the criteria for the next year‘s program. Have students fill out nomination forms. Attend NCSLMA and NCLA conferences to see winning authors and attend book talk sessions. Make final plans for voting activities. Finish sharing books. Send nominations for next year‘s consideration list. Nominations due for next year‘s consideration list. Send in nominations to Bookhive web site or by regular mail. Review books. Vote and send in totals for EACH title by March 31. Students may vote once in Picture Book AND Junior Book categories if they have read the proper number of books in both categories. Students may also vote once at the public library. You may send in vote totals by snail mail, e-mail, fax, or online. Send vote totals only once. Library and school systems may send vote totals as a system. Be careful not to duplicate individual library totals if you voted online at Bookhive. April Winner is announced during National Library Week & posted to websites and professional publications. Have a celebration party in your library. Place NCCBA seals on the covers of winning titles. Nominated titles are set by the end of the month and posted to web sites. Activity booklet is published by the end of July and posted to web sites.



January February March 1st


May July


August September

Information on the program is mailed to school and public library systems. Winners are officially presented with the NCCBA at the fall NCSLMA/ NCLA conferences.

All information posted on web sites is available in print form. See booklet for contact information or e-mail Lisa Tucker at or Sally Baron at

WEB POSTINGS Websites that post information and/or activities and lesson ideas for the nominated books:

For further information, contact Lisa Tucker at 336-748-4090(w) or e-mail COPYRIGHT ALERT: The NCCBA program does not have any copyright permission from any of the publishers of the nominated books to use pictures / covers of the books in any way. Any use of pictures of book covers or pages of nominated books on the NCCBA lists is covered by copyright owned by the publishers. The NCCBA program does not have the right to grant the use of graphics, web files (such as on Titlewave or, or photocopies of the book covers for Powerpoint presentations, bulletin boards, displays, or on web pages. You must ask for copyright permission from the original book publishers. All activities in this booklet may be copied or adapted by librarians or teachers.



*1992 (First Award)

In a Dark, Dark Room and other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister The Man Who Tricked a Ghost by Laurence Yep Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane DeGroat Verdi by Janell Cannon Ghost of Sifty Sifty Sam by Angela Shelf Medearis Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon More Parts by Tedd Arnold














Take Me out of the Bathtub and other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz Illustrated by David Catrow Bad Boys by Margie Palatini Illustrated by Henry Cole My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza




NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD PAST WINNERS JUNIOR BOOK AWARD *1995 (First Award) The Boys Start the War by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor My Teacher Fried My Brains by Bruce Coville Wicked Jack by Connie Wooldridge Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Frindle by Andrew Clements Crash by Jerry Spinelli Tornado by Betsy Byars Salt in His Shoes by Delores and Roslyn Jordan Fearless Jack by Paul Brett Johnson The Secrets of Ms. Snickle’s Class by Laurie Miller Hornik Illustrated by Debbie Tilley The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups: The Second File by David Wisniewski Togo by Robert J. Blake












Seals are available to place on the front of winning books at a cost of $.25 each. Please send a check made out to NCSLMA and mail to Lisa Tucker, Middle Fork Elementary School, 3125 Williston Road, Walkertown, N.C. 27051


ACTUAL SIZE by Steve Jenkins Discusses and gives examples of the size and weight of various animals and parts of animals. BAD KITTY by Nick Bruel When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad. CHICKS AND SALSA by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Paulette Bogan Soon after the chickens tire of their feed and decide to make tortilla chips and salsa, all the other animals on Nuthatcher Farm start to crave southwestern cuisine. Includes three recipes on endpaper. DAD, JACKIE, AND ME by Myron Uhlberg; illustrated by Colin Bootman In Brooklyn, New York, in 1947, a boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball and the Dodgers' first baseman, Jackie Robinson. I AIN’T GONNA PAINT NO MORE! by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow In the rhythm of the folk song "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," a child who loves to paint the walls and everything else he sees cannot resist adding one more dab of paint to some surprising places. IF YOU DECIDE TO GO TO THE MOON by Faith McNulty; illustrated by Steven Kellogg Presents a children's book for easy readers that describes what a trip to the moon would be like for a wouldbe astronaut. LEAF MAN by Lois Ehlert A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him. LOVE AND ROAST CHICKEN: A TRICKSTER TALE FROM THE ANDES MOUNTAINS by Barbara Knutson In this folktale from the Andes, a clever guinea pig repeatedly outsmarts the fox that wants to eat him for dinner. MRS. McBLOOM, CLEAN UP YOUR CLASSROOM! by Kelly S. DiPucchio; illustrated by Guy Francis The entire town of Up Yonder joins in to help their favorite teacher clean up her messy classroom. ONCE UPON A COOL MOTORCYCLE DUDE written and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley; illustrated by Carol Heyer and Scott Goto Cooperatively writing a fairy tale for school, a girl imagines a beautiful princess whose beloved ponies are being stolen by a giant, and a boy conjures up the muscular biker who will guard the last pony in exchange for gold. SHOW WAY by Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by Hudson Talbott A mother passes on the tradition of making quilts, or "Show ways", that serve as secret maps for freedom seeking slaves. SNIP SNAP!: WHAT’S THAT? by Mara Bergman; illustrated by Nick Maland Three siblings are frightened by the wide mouth, long teeth, and strong jaws of the alligator who has crept up the stairs—until they decide they have had enough. SUNNY BOY!: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A TORTOISE by Candace Fleming; pictures by Anne Wilsdorf


In this fictionalized account, Sunny Boy, a 100-year-old tortoise, describes various events in his long life including the dangerous barrel ride over Niagara Falls that he takes with his daredevil owner on July 5, 1930. TERRIFIC story and pictures by Jon Agee Eugene wins a trip to Bermuda, but when his ship sinks, and he ends up stranded on a tiny island with only a parrot, he wonders how he will ever get back home. THE THREE SILLY BILLIES by Margie Palatini; illustrated by Barry Moser Three billy goats, unable to cross a bridge because they cannot pay the toll, form a car pool with The Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack of beanstalk fame to get past the rude Troll. WHEN CHARLIE McBUTTON LOST POWER by Suzanne Collins; illustrated by Mike Lester A boy who likes nothing but playing computer games is in trouble when the power goes out and his little sister has all of the batteries in the house.


ACE LACEWING, BUG DETECTIVE by David Biedrzycki Aided by his friends, Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective, sets out on the trail of kidnappers who took Queenie Bee. BECOMING NAOMI LEON by Pam Munoz Ryan When Naomi's absent mother resurfaces to claim her, Naomi runs away to Mexico with her greatgrandmother and younger brother in search of her father. A DOG’S LIFE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A STRAY by Ann M. Martin Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and humans both gentle and brutal. DUEL OF THE IRONCLADS: THE MONITOR VS. THE VIRGINIA by Patrick O'Brien A description of the construction, battles, and historical impact of the Civil War battleships, the Monitor and the Virginia, known to Union forces as the Monitor and the Merrimack, which focuses on the Battle of Hampton Roads. GREGOR THE OVERLANDER by Suzanne Collins When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving humans, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. JIM THORPE’S BRIGHT PATH by Joseph Bruchac A biography of Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, focusing on how his boyhood education set the stage for his athletic achievements which gained him international fame and Olympic gold medals. Author's note details Thorpe's life after college. THE JOURNEY THAT SAVED CURIOUS GEORGE: THE TRUE WARTIME ESCAPE OF MARGRET AND H.A. REY by Louise Borden Tells how the creators of "Curious George" narrowly escaped capture by the Nazis while fleeing Paris on their bicycles during World War II. KAMISHIBAI MAN by Allen Say After many years of retirement, an old Kamishibai man--a Japanese street performer who tells stories and sells candies--decides to make his rounds once more even though such entertainment declined after the advent of television. PLEASE BURY ME IN THE LIBRARY by J. Patrick Patrick. Presents an illustrated collection of fifteen poems about the joy of books and reading. RUNNY BABBIT: A BILLY SOOK by Shel Silverstein. Presents a collection of children's poetry by author, cartoonist, playwright, and poet Shel Silverstein that uses spoonerisms in place of traditional poetic form. THE SCARLET STOCKINGS SPY by Trinka Hakes Noble In 1777 Philadelphia, young Maddy Rose spies for General Washington's army by using an unusual code to communicate with her soldier brother.


WHALES ON STILTS by M. T. Anderson Racing against the clock, shy middle-school student Lily and her best friends, Katie and Jasper, must foil the plot of her father's conniving boss to conquer the world using an army of whales.

Book annotations are reproduced with the permission of Follett Library Resources. Copyright 2006. All rights reserved.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD PICTURE BOOK CATEGORY GUIDELINES Sponsored by the NC School Library Media Association and the Children's Services and School Librarians sections of the North Carolina Library Association. Purpose: * To encourage lower elementary students to become better acquainted with the best writers and illustrators of contemporary books with outstanding literary appeal; * To broaden students‘ awareness of literature as a means of personal satisfaction and lifelong pursuit; * To promote reading aloud with students in the early grades as a means of introducing reading as a pleasure; * To give recognition and honor to their favorite books, authors, and illustrators. Voting Procedures and Rules: *Register your library at * Elementary school children will vote during the month of March 2006 from the list of nominated books. * To be eligible to vote, children must be exposed to at least five of the titles by either reading them in their entirety independently, or by having them read aloud. * Each qualified voter has one vote for his/her favorite book & may participate through the public library and/or school library/classroom. * Total votes for each title should be tabulated and sent to the Book Award Committee (Lisa Tucker or Sally Baron) by March 31, 2007.  Votes may be sent by snail mail, fax, e-mail or online at Bookhive.  Vote tallies for all titles must be sent. Systems may send group totals from several libraries if individual libraries are not sending vote totals online. Nominations Procedure for the 2008 Award:  Grade school children may make suggestions any time during the school year.  Suggestions for titles to be nominated for the 2008 award may be sent at any time of the year. DEADLINE for nominations is MARCH 1, 2007. See form for nominating titles in activity booklet. A committee representing NCSLMA, NCASL, and CSS will choose 15 to 20 titles from the list of suggestions submitted by the children to be the 2008 Children‘s Picture Book Award nominees. 


Eligibility for the 2008 Award:  The nominated book must be recognized as a noteworthy picture book, fiction, or nonfiction, appropriate for grades K-3.  The nominated book must have a copyright date of 2003 or later. Sally Baron, Wake County Pub. Lib. North Regional Library 200 Horizon Drive Raleigh, NC 27615 Lisa Tucker Middle Fork Elementary School 3125 Williston Road Walkertown, NC 27051



Agee, Jon. Terrific. New York: Hyperion, 2005. Beaumont, Karen. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More. San Diego: Harcourt, 2005. Bergman, Mara. Snip Snap What’s That? New York: Greenwillow, 2005. Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty. New Milford, Ct.: Roaring Brook, 2005. Collins, Suzanne. When Charlie McButton Lost Power. New York: Putnam, 2005. DiPucchio, Kelly. Mrs. McBloom Clean Up Your Classroom. New York: Hyperion, 2005. Ehlert, Lois. Leaf Man. Orlanda: Harcourt, 2005. Fleming, Candace. Sunny Boy! The Life and Times of a Tortoise. New Yokr: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. Jenkins, Steve. Actual Size. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Knutson, Barbara. Love and Roast Chicken. New York: Carolrhoda, 2004. McNulty, Faith. If You Decide to Go to the Moon. New York: Scholastic, 2005. O‘Malley, Kevin. Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude. New York: Walker & Company, 2005. Palatini, Margie. The Three Silly Billies. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. Reynolds, Aaron. Chicks and Salsa. New York: Bloomsbury, 2005. Uhlberg, Myron. Dad, Jackie, and Me. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2005. Woodson, Jacqueline. Show Way. New York: Putnam, 2005.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Actual Size Author/Illustrator: Steve Jenkins Related Books: Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You? by Steve Jenkins Biggest Strongest Fastest by Steve Jenkins Move! by Steve Jenkins What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins Activities: Science/Math:  Read the book and use your hand as a comparison to the illustrations.  Use a tape measure to demonstrate the length and height of some of the animals.  Calculate, in ounces, how much the larger animals weigh.  Make a graph of the weight and length of each animal in the book  Using sidewalk chalk, trace the outline of each student and match the outline to the student. Language Arts:  Pick one of the animals and write a story about keeping it as a pet.  Write an acrostic poem about one of the animals.  Write a tall tale about using the giant earth worm to catch the giant squid.  Read the notes at the back of the book and have students make up riddles about each animal. Art:  Steve Jenkins used collage to illustrate his book. Compare his illustrations to other illustrators who use the collage technique (Fleming, Ehlert, Carle, Collier)  Using bulletin board paper, create a life-size drawing of an animal of their choice. Display outside classrooms. Social Studies:  Write a report about other endangered animals.  Research where each animal lives and use a map to pinpoint the locations where the Actual Size animals live. Enrichment Express:  Assemble the wooden 3-D educational puzzle of a tarantula. It is available online with a Google search: wooden model tarantula. Or, try your local nature museum.  Create a collage of any animal using torn up catalogs and magazines.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Bad Kitty Author/Illustrator: Nick Bruel Related Books: What Pete Ate from A – Z: Where We Explore the English Alphabet (in its entirety) In Which a Certain Dog Devours a Myriad of Items Which He Should Not by Maira Kalman Now I Eat My ABC’s by Pam Abrams Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert Bow Wow Meow Meow: It’s Rhyming Cats and Dogs by Douglas Florian Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod Found Alphabet by Ramon Shindler and Wojciech Graniczewski AA is for Aardvark by Mark Shulman Animalia by Graeme Base Other books by Nick Bruel: Who is Melvin Bubble? Boing How to Be a Real Good Cartoonist Related Websites: Activities: Science/Math:  Visit the ASPCA website for children to learn about pet care:  Create a ―Vegetable or Fruit‖ graph from the list of healthy foods Bad Kitty doesn‘t want to eat. Language Arts:  Create an individual or class book based on a canine version of Bad Kitty.  A classroom version based on students (named ―Bad Kiddies‖).  Have students write alliterative sentences based on their own bad pets.  Write and illustrate the sequel, describing what kitty will do when her owners bring home a new pet (AKA a D-O-G or a B-A-B-Y).


Drama/Art:  Have students create a Readers‘ Theatre version of the story and perform.  Nick Bruel is a cartoonist turned author. Ask students to make their own cartoon version based on a ―Bad Kitty‖ adventure. Enrichment Express: The ASPCA website also has a section on Games and Cartoons relating to pets:


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Chicks and Salsa Author: Aaron Reynolds Illustrator: Paulette Bogan Related Books: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin Duck on a Bike by David Shannon Souperchicken by Mary Jane and Herm Auch Wolf! by Becky Bloom Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss Other books by Aaron Reynolds Activities: Language Arts/ Communications Skills:  Find examples of alliteration, discuss literary device  Learn some Spanish words  Learn some French words  Read biography and Q&A for author Aaron Reynolds on Bloomsbury site:  Look for the mouse in the illustrations. When the text says, ―nobody was quite certain,‖ look for the mouse to be supplying the missing ingredient.  Predict what food the animals will make next Social Studies:  Interview someone from Mexico  Make a travel brochure for Mexico  Research France and Mexico  Dress up in traditional clothing from Mexico Science/Math:  Grow vegetables (make a salsa garden)  Discuss measurement, practice measuring ingredients  Convert serving sizes of recipes using fractions Music:  Play mariachi band music  Play French songs like Frère Jacques Cooking:  Make recipes from back of book  Invite families to make traditional Mexican dishes and have a Fiesta


Enrichment Express:  Eat nachos with different types of salsa  Perform a Mexican hat dance


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Dad, Jackie, and Me Author/Illustrator: Myron Uhlberg Related Books: Jackie’s Bat by Marybeth Lorbiecki A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson by David Adler I Remember Papa by Helen Ketteman Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis I Have a Sister- My Sister is Deaf by Jeanne Peterson (Reading Rainbow book) Activities: Science/Math:  Using the sports section of the newspaper, make a bar graph of the teams and their standings with games won. Do math problems … How many games has each team played? What is the difference of games won between the top team and the lowest winning team?  Use sense of hearing to recognize taped recorded sounds (bell ringing, water trickling, etc.) Language Arts:  Research and make a small scrapbook, baseball card, or poster of an athlete in a sport that you like. Note some interesting facts, draw some pictures, and include facts about his life and achievements.  Read the poem ―Casey at the Bat‖ by Ernest Thayer. Suggest possible new endings.  Write a letter to your favorite baseball player, or a player from your favorite sport. Consider using your local teams.  Have a contest. Choose and vote for a name if we had a N.C. major league baseball team.  Choose a baseball team and keep a record of the highlights for 2 weeks. Use the newspaper, internet and television as sources for an individual or family project. Music/Games:  Sing ―Take Me Out to the Ballgame‖  Play kickball and use 3 outs to retire the side.  Play spelling, trivia, or subject review baseball. Arrange the chairs in the shape of a baseball diamond. Form 2 teams. Take turns being at bat by answering a question. Players move ahead one base for each correct answer, an out for incorrect. Most runs wins.  Whisper something into one person‘s ear. Have them repeat what they heard into the next person ear. Repeat. The last person repeats what they heard.


Social Studies:  Make a list of some of the popular baseball teams. On a map locate the home state of each team.  Research how baseball originated. Enrichment:  Use My First Book of Sign Language, illustrated by Joan Holub, to learn the alphabet sign language. Sign your name. Learn a song using the book, Piggyback Songs to Sign by Jean Warren and Susan Shroyer.  Demonstrate some of the signs the umpire and managers use in baseball. For example: out, strike, etc.  Have a baseball day theme. Play baseball or softball, serve hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! Author: Karen Beaumont Illustrator: David Catrow Related Books: The Art Lesson by Tomie de Paola A Color Sampler by Kathleen Westray The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont Ish by Peter H. Reynolds Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth Micawber by John Lithgow Take Me Out of the Bathtub by Alan Katz Activities: Language Arts  Think of different rhyming words for objects from the book.  Create a class book using the same format, but with a different activity, for example: ―I ain‘t gonna ______ no more.‖ Illustrate the book. Math  Record each student‘s favorite color and graph the results.  Using a bag of M&Ms or Skittles, graph the number of each candy color. Social Studies  Research the different ways people around the world have decorated their bodies with war paint, henna, tattoos, etc.  Discuss how colors convey different meanings. Have students come up with words and meanings that are associated with different colors (e.g. red=stop, green=go). Science  Research some of the fascinating things that paint and pigments have been made out of throughout history:  Research the color spectrum. Then, create a rainbow that contains all the colors of the spectrum using color swatches torn from old magazines. Art/Music  Have students trace each other onto large pieces of butcher paper and paint them to create expressive portraits of themselves or each other.  Study the drip paintings of Jackson Pollack and other abstract expressionists.  Learn about and practice color mixing using paint.


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Listen to A Midsummer Night‘s Dream overture by F. Mendelssohn, written when the composer was 17 and explore other achievements by young artists and musicians. Create new songs using the tunes and formats of familiar songs to describe other daily activities (e.g. ―The Wheels on the Bus,‖ ―On Top of Spaghetti‖).

Enrichment  Interact with artwork from the Museum of Modern Art:  Observe and discuss how adult artists have depicted children in visual arts:


Title: If You Decide to Go to the Moon Author: Faith McNulty

Illustrator: Steven Kellogg
Related Books: The Apollo 11 Mission: the First Man to Walk on the Moon by Helen Zelon The Best Book of the Moon by Ian Graham The Moon by Carmen Bredeson

The Moon by Seymour Simon Moon by Steve Tomechek Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin

Language Arts:  Do an author study of Faith McNulty or an illustrator study of Steven Kellogg. Use books they have written, periodical articles and websites.  Write a story on what it would be like if you took a trip to the moon.  Pretend you are on the moon, send a postcard to your family about what it‘s like. Social Studies:  Research the astronauts who have been to the moon and create a Power Point biography of each person.  Study the Apollo missions. Science/Math:  Locate the solar eclipse schedule and determine where it will be visible in the world. Use the almanac and atlas to locate these sites.  Define a moon and research how many moons each planet has.  Discuss how the moon influences the Earth.  Go to the website to determine your weight on the moon. Art:  Illustrate the postcard you created from above.  Use modeling clay to make models of the different phases of the moon. Enrichment Express:
 Using a flashlight and a globe, model the phases of the moon or eclipses.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Leaf Man Author: Lois Ehlert Illustrator: Lois Ehlert Related Books: ABCedar: an alphabet of trees by George Ella Lyon Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Trees by Jim Arnosky Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall Leaf by Leaf: autumn poem by Scholastic Press Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur Activities: Language Arts:  Make a class book on trees that you find in your school yard.  Create an acrostic poem either individually or as a class.  Write a story about a tree coming to life.  Create a concrete poem in the shape of a leaf.  Write a story about Leaf Man‘s adventures at school. Math:  Sort leaves by color, size or pattern. Create a graph showing the frequency of each characteristic.  Choose two trees of different species in the school yard or surrounding area. Predict, in number of days, which one will be the first to lose all its leaves. Social Studies:  Research trees which are native to North Carolina. Create a Power Point presenting information learned. Include not only species but ―Champion Trees‖, ―Treasured Trees‖ and ―Memorial Trees‖ in your local area.  Discuss Arbor Day and its origins. Science:  Research life cycle of a deciduous leaf.  Have each student bring five leaves from home. Help students match their leaves to the leaves in Leaf Man.  Plant a tree in honor of your favorite teacher or librarian. 


Art:  Using fall leaves of various sizes, shapes, colors and species, create your own ―leaf people‖  Using contact paper cut into squares and small pieces of colored tissue paper, have students stick tissue paper to contact paper. Spray with water and then laminate and cut into leaf shape to make a suncatcher. Enrichment:  Use leaves to create leaf rubbings.  Locate the great tell and draw story in the October 2003 issue of Library Sparks magazine.



Title: Love and Roast Chicken, a Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains Author: Barbara Knutson Related Books: Anansi Stories Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl by Virginia Hamilton How the Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots by Barbara Knutson Jabuti the Tortoise, a Trickster Tale for the Amazon by Gerald McDermott Just a Minute, a Trickster Tale and Counting Book by Yuyi Morales A Story, a Story by Gail E. Haley Sungura and the Leopard by Barbara Knutson Sure As Sunrise by Alice McGill Activities: Art:  Compare the techniques used in illustrating all the author‘s books and those illustrated for other authors.  Create puppets of the characters and act out the story.  Create crayon scratchboard illustrations. Language Arts/Communication Skills/Writing:  Create a story outline for the story showing, setting, characters, problem, solution and ending.  Read another animal trickster tale and create a story outline, then compare & contrast the two stories.  Write a reader‘s theater script and take turns acting out the story.  Identify their characteristics, then compare and contrast Cuy and Anansi.  Retell the story from the fox or the guinea pig‘s point of view.  Write a tanka poem describing Cuy or Tio Antonio.  Write a future adventure of Cuy and the fox.  Read other trickster tales from Central and South America and compare them using a Venn diagram. Music:  Sing, to the tune of ―Mary Had A Little Lamb,‖
“Poor Little Cuy, little Cuy, little Cuy, Fox wants to eat me! Smart little Cuy, little Cuy, little Cuy, He will soon be free. Poor little fox, little fox, little fox; Love and roast chicken--well, I’ll be! Smart little Cuy, little Cuy, little Cuy, Cuy tricked that fox as you see!”



Write your own song or rap about Cuy and the fox.

Science:  Research guinea pigs and how they came to be pets.  Research foxes and discuss how foxes, wolves, and coyotes are shown in folk and fairy tales.  Identify different animals in trickster tales and identify how they match the habitat and country of origin.  Adopt a guinea pig for the day and observe him/her. Social Studies/History/Geography:  Locate Lima, Peru on the map. Calculate the distance to where you live.  Identify tricksters from around the world (Jack, Tortoise, Bruh Rabbit, etc.) and map out their origins on a world map.  Discuss the conquistadors and their role in the history of Central and South America. Computer Skills:  Write an original trickster tale using EasyBook or another desktop publishing program.  Create a word search using Incas, conquistadors, cavies, rodents, burrows, and other terms about guinea pigs or using the names of characters in trickster tales.  Create a class spreadsheet of tricksters and their characteristics. Enrichment Express:  Play Fox and Cuy using the same format as ―Duck, Duck, Goose.‖  Vote for your favorite trickster. Website: Visit the author‘s website at for a teacher‘s guide of different activities.


Title: Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom! Author: Kelly DiPucchio Illustrator: Guy Francis Related Books: The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room by Jan and Stan Berenstain Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon! by Pat Cummings The Day That Henry Cleaned His Room by Sarah Wilson Mr. Messy by Roger Hargreaves Pigsty by Mark Teague Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden by Edith Pattou Activities:

Language Arts/Communications Skills:  Make a list of slang terms and idioms you like to use and translate them  Identify other words for ―said‖ in the story  Write thank you notes to a favorite/retiring teacher  Write a classified ad for a new teacher  Download the activity guide from the author‘s website:  Download the scavenger hung from the author‘s website:  Read a biography of the author and FAQs on her website:  Read about the illustrator at his website: Social Studies:  Locate Kennebunkport, Maine on a map.  Research some of the historical items found in the text (buffalo nickels, President Roosevelt, poodle skirt, rotary phone, 48-star flag) Science/Technology:  Research space, NASA, the moon, or space travel  Study the life cycle of butterflies or frogs  Discuss care of classroom pets  Hatch chicks  Plant pumpkin seeds  Study the types of ecosystems found in Mrs. McBloom‘s classroom  Explore the changes in technology over the last 50 years Art:  Make a collage of school projects, reports, and artifacts from the school year Math:

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Determine how much money a yard sale would have to make to send a teacher on a cruise Write a budget for a cruise vacation Create or look at a time line that includes Armstrong‘s landing on the moon Calculate the fine for the overdue library book Examine garage sale ads in the newspaper to figure out average prices for popular items. Graph the results.

Enrichment Express:  Perform simple magic tricks  Create paper airplanes


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude Author: Kevin O‘Malley Illustrator: Carol Heyer and Scott Goto Related books: Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman The Neat Line: Scribbling Through Mother Goose by Pamela Edwards Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox Other fractured fairy tales Activities: Language Arts:  Discuss stereotyping and encourage students to give examples of stereotyping from fairytales or stories. Do the characters remain true to the stereotype throughout the stories? As a class, brainstorm ways the familiar characters could break out of their stereotypes.  Discuss the benefits of working together as a team. Assign boys and girls to retell familiar stories or fairytales together, taking turns as the children did in Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude.  Perform the book as a reader‘s theater. Math/Science:  Research horses or motorcycles and compare using a Venn diagram.  Write math story problems using horses and motorcycles.  Compare the cost of keeping a horse and maintaining a motorcycle. Social Studies:  Discuss how societal expectations for boys and girls have changed over the last century. Invite grandparents to speak about their childhood or visit a retirement home and interview residents about their childhood pastimes. What were their favorite books or stories or movies? What games were popular with boys and girls? What chores were boys or girls expected to complete? How were boys or girls expected to dress for school?  Read You Forgot Your Skirt Amelia Bloomer by Shanna Corey or The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully to give students a sense of historical gender stereotyping. Music/Games:  Create a soundtrack to the book. Compose or find music and sound effects to suit the story when each character is telling their part. Perform the book for


another class with narrators (or a teacher) reading the story and other students providing music and sound effects. Health:  That giant sure has some stinky breath! Plan a quick lesson on dental hygiene. Art:  Illustrate and publish the boy/girl cooperative books from the writing activity. Each student gets to illustrate the part they wrote. Study the different art styles in the book for ideas. Enrichment Express: Ask a ―whip around‖ question during the class meeting time. Everyone gets to answer with one or two sentences. Question: Which would you rather ride, a horse or a motorcycle?


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Show Way Author: Jacqueline Woodson Illustrator: Hudson Talbott Related Books: North Star to Freedom by Rosemary Brown Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards Bound for the North Star: True Stories of Fugitive Slaves by Dennis B. Fradin Under the Quilt of Night by James Ransome Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson Secret to Freedom by Marcia Vaughn Follow the Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad by Bernadine Connelly Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom by Bettye Stroud Activities: Science/Math:  Use tangrams to create various quilt square designs including those illustrated in the story.  After studying geometric shapes, identify geometric shapes in quilt squares.  Examine various quilt squares to determine lines of symmetry. Language Arts:  As the author identified strong women in her family, have children list some strong women in their families and/or communities and write a description of them including their contributions to the family and/or community.  Have children create a quilt from paper to illustrate their ―Show Way‖ from the time of their birth to what they hope to accomplish later in their lives.  Collect quotes from famous civil rights leaders and create a poster with the quote along with a picture of the leader. Social Studies:  List some of the major events in the Civil Rights Movement and create a timeline of the events. Use the ―Timeliner‖ software (if available) to create the timeline.  Choose a famous civil rights leader and create a multimedia project listing events in the person‘s life.  Identify important stations and routes of the Underground Railroad and place these on a map. Art:  After examining pictures of various quilt patterns, students will illustrate these quilts.


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Use construction paper cut into various geometric shapes to create a class quilt. Invite a guest speaker to discuss quilt-making and to display some of his/her work.

Music:  Listen to or sing spirituals written and/or sung by slaves. Enrichment Express: Have students create quilt squares with pictures of famous civil rights leaders using fabric and fabric paint. Have the squares sown together to make an actual quilt which could be displayed on the classroom or media center wall.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Snip Snap! What’s That? Author: Mara Bergman Illustrator: Nick Maland Related Titles: Egad Alligator! By Harriet Ziefert Very Boring Alligator by Jean Gralley Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale by Candice Fleming Big Spooky House by Donna Washington Why Alligator Hates Dog by J.J. Reneaux Mama Don’t Allow by Thacher Hurd Alligators by Melanie Zola (non-fiction) Outside and Inside Alligators by Sandra Markle (non-fiction) Petite Rouge by Mike Artell

Activities: Language Arts/Communication Skills:  Compare and contrast this story with another alligator story  Write an alternate ending to the story  Have students brainstorm or write about how the alligator got into the building  Have students write what they would do if they were the children in the story  Rewrite the story with a different animal and sound that would be used instead of ―snip snap‖  Make a fact/fiction book about alligators Social Studies/History/Geography:  Research basic facts about alligators  Map the rivers/areas of the world where alligators are found, including North Carolina. Science/Math:  Watch a video about the life of real alligators  Study the life cycle of alligators  Research, using a variety of sources, the growing problem of alligators invading ―human‖ spaces.  Create a chart or graph to show the frequency of alligator attacks/invasions of human spaces in the U.S. Drama/Art/Music:  Create puppets and act out the story  Create a reader‘s theater script and perform as a play for the class Enrichment Express:  Re-create the song ―Five Little Monkeys‖ to reflect this story‘s characters


Explore different musical instruments that could be used to create the ―snip snap‖ sound


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Sunny Boy! The Life and Times of a Tortoise Author: Candace Fleming Related books: Turtle’s Race with Beaver by Joseph Bruchac Mac Side Up by Bob Elsdale Turtles take Their Time by Alan Fowler Box Turtle at Long Pond by William T. George Man who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein Tales from the Waterhole by Bob Graham When I grow up--- by Peter Horn Mirette and Bellini Cross Niagara Falls by Emily Arnold McCully Tucker Flips by Leslie McGuirk Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine OFlathartha Hi, Harry! by Martin Waddell Niagara Falls, or does it? by Henry Winkler Old Turtle by Douglas Wood Activities: Language Arts:  Research other famous daredevils in the fields of exploration and adventurer (ie: Evel Knievil, Tony Hawk, Dale Earnhardt, Nellie Bly, Harry Houdini, Matthew Henson, Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, Henry Stanley and David Livingstone, Christopher Columbus, John Glenn and Sally Ride) and present short oral reports about them.  Have students write short stories about their own real or imagined daredevil deeds.  Sunny Boy‘s owners had a variety of occupations and hobbies. Have the students share their favorite past times by writing short stories about their hobbies and illustrating their tales. Math:  Compare/contrast the lifespan of a tortoise to other animals kept as pets: dogs, birds, frogs, lizards. Create a bar graph to display the results.  Most owners have several pets. Ironically, Sunny Boy had several owners. Poll the class to see who has a pet and how many pets each student has. Make a class pictograph showing the number and varieties of pets owned by the class. Science:  Gather information on traits, habitats and lifespans of different species of animals. Compare the lives and times of these animals with those of Sunny Boy.  Find pictures of the wide variety of turtles & tortoises. Go to and find the state reptile of North Carolina.  Since Pelonius, Sunny Boy‘s first owner, was a horticulturalist, explore the world of plants. Have the class plant a variety of seeds in a window garden.


Observe and chart the plants‘ maintenance and growth. Include a mystery seed and challenge the students to identify the unknown plant by its sprout, leaf, bloom, or fruit. Social Studies:  Locate Niagara Falls on a map of North America. Learn about the falls and the surrounding Great Lakes region. Introduce students to the countries bordering the falls and the states that are touched by the Great Lakes.  Visit the official sites from both the USA and Canada for Niagara Falls: , or , to glean facts about Niagara Falls and to see some awesome photographs.  Get to know the state reptile of North Carolina. On a road map of North Carolina, chart distances various animals can travel in one minute, one hour, or one day. Estimate the amount of time it would take a box turtle to cover the same distances. Art:  Cornelius was a short-lived owner of Sunny Boy who collected stamps. Have the class design a unique turtle stamp in his honor. Enrichment Express: Follow a recipe for making Pralines, and form them into Turtle shapes. (―Brown Sugar Turtle Pralines‖ can be found on page 74, of The Math Chef by Joan D‘Amico & Karen E Drummond, 1997)


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Terrific Author and illustrator: Jon Agee Related Titles: Oh, Yeah! by Tom Birdseye Could be Worse! by James Stevenson Meanwhile Back at the Ranch by Trinka Hakes Noble Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss Milo’s Hat Trick by Jon Agee

Activities: Language Arts/Communication Skills:  Discuss or write about how having a positive or negative attitude affects how you view events and handle situations  Define sarcasm and discuss the role of sarcasm in this story and how the reader receives cues from the illustrations to determine Eugene‘s attitude  Write a journal entry detailing what you would do if you were stranded on a deserted island Social Studies/History/Geography:  Research historical shipwrecks  Research and chart possible islands in the world where Eugene might have been stranded Science/Math:  Have an outdoors expert come speak to the class about survival in the wild  Explore the concept of floatation by making miniature boats or rafts and seeing if they are ―sea‖ worthy  Measure out the dimensions of the boat design using paper or string Music/Drama/Art:  Create a reader‘s theater script and stage a live version of the story  Listen to Jamaican (or Caribbean) music  After researching parrots, create parrot illustrations Enrichment Express:  Have the class brainstorm what minimal things would be needed to survive on a deserted island  View the Reading Rainbow episode My Little Island


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: The Three Silly Billies Author: Margie Palatini Illustrator: Barry Moser Related books: With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flor Ada Beware of the Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? by Lauren Child Fairy Trails: A Story Told in English and Spanish by Susan Elya Once Upon a Time, the End: Asleep in 60 Seconds by Geoffrey Kloske Cinderella’s Rat by Susan Meddaugh The Web Files by Margie Palatini The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka The Three Pigs by David Wiesner Activities: Language Arts:  Create a ―Fractured Fairytale‖ by starting with a traditional story and adding unexpected or modern elements to the story. (What if Rapunzel wore a wig? What could have happened if the three bears had captured Goldilocks?)  Work together to create a ―Spoonerism‖ story from a well known fairytale, by switching the initial letters of adjacent words in the story. (i.e. Loldy Gocks and the Bee Threars)  Locate and discuss the visual humor and the puns that fill the story. (i.e. The troll‘s office is an outhouse. Papa Bear is wearing a Cubs t-shirt, ―Just Plain Billy had no cents at all.‖ ―What a big toll you have!‖) Then, ask the kids to create some puns using some easy themes. For instance, trees: Oh, you wood ask me to do that! Couldn‘t we branch out, now? I think you‘re barking up the wrong tree. Leaf me alone, can‘t you? etc.  Discuss the activities of ―Internet Trolls‖ i.e. those who delight in starting arguments online and delight in finding ways to upset people. AOL has a brief discussion of the Troll concept at Ask the children why they think that people would want to be nasty to other people on the internet, and why might they be called Trolls. Math/Science:  Compute exactly how much each fairytale group contributed to the troll‘s toll? Did Mama Bear have to use her ―wooden nickel?‖  Study goats, the world‘s first domesticated farm animal, in books or on the web. Do they make good pets? Are they useful on a farm?  Investigate the unusual ―Fainting Goat‖ or Myotonia Goat at wikipedia and view the entertaining video clip at Social Studies:  Discuss money-making projects that children might try. How might the group earn some cash and then use the money for a shared goal?



Using a map of the world, use thumbtacks or post-it notes to indicate the countries where traditional tales originated. Would the characters in the story have been likely to meet at a Troll bridge – do their countries of origin intersect?

Art & Music:  Develop new words to the tune of an old song (this is called filk-singing) ―I‘ve been Working on the Railroad‖ about The Three Silly Billies.  For instance: I‘ve been working on the Troll Bridge, all the live-long day.  I‘ve been asking folks for money, but they will not go away.  Can‘t you hear the goats complaining, calling out so early in the morn?  Can‘t you hear the Three Bears shouting: Troll Man blow your horn?  Research the origins of trolls in Scandinavian literature. Draw pictures of trolls: ugly trolls, cute trolls, angry trolls, baby trolls. Enrichment Express:  Read The Three Silly Billies aloud. Then assign all of the parts in the story to the children and read it aloud again, asking the kids to mime the actions in the story.



Title: When Charlie McButton Lost Power Author: Suzanne Collins Illustrator: Mike Lester Related Books: Power and Glory by Emily Rodda Penny Lee and Her TV by Glenn McCoy Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst Crispin, the Pig Who Had It All by Ted Dewan Meanwhile… by Jules Feiffer Yikes!! By Robert Florczak Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey Kapow! by George O'Connor Electrical storms by Liza Burby Flick a switch: How Electricity Gets to Your Home by Barbara Seuling Related Websites: Activities: Science/Math:  The power at Charlie McButton‘s house is knocked out during an electrical storm. Check out these sites to learn more about lightning:   Electricity is something we don‘t think about much until we don‘t have it. Here are some sites where you can learn about how electricity works:    Ask students to keep track of how they spend their free time for week. How much time do they watch television, play outside (or inside), ride their bike, play sports, or play computer/video games. Use the data collected to create individual and a class graphs. Language Arts:  Ask students to write a journal or diary entry from Charlie McButton‘s or his sister point of view describing their day.  What happens next? Ask students to write and illustrate a story about what Charlie McButton will do the next day when the power is back on and all his ‗techno‘ toys work. Will he ignore his sister and go back to his ‗techno‘ toys? Will he want to play other things?  Make a list of words that describe Charlie‘s feelings in the story. Isabel Jane‘s? How do they change during the story?  Charlie McButton made a ‗bad choice‘ when he took the battery out of his sister‘s doll and ended up in the ‗time-out‘ chair. Brainstorm a list of ‗good choices‘ and ‗bad choices‘ when dealing with siblings.


Social Studies:  Ask students to interview their parents and grandparents about what they liked to play when they were children. Make a Venn diagram comparing their parents‘ childhood activities with those of their grandparents.  Charlie McButton loves playing ‗techno‘ games. Examine changes in the history of technology relating to entertainment and games  (i.e. radio television computers ). Art:  The illustrator, Mike Lester, is a professional cartoonist. Ask students to create a cartoon about Charlie and Isabel Jane. Enrichment Express: Brainstorm a list of fun activities (that don‘t use electricity) that students can do with a family member.


North Carolina Children‘s Book Award Voting Ballot Picture Book Award Make an ―X‖ on the line next to your favorite choice for this year‘s book award. You may choose only one (1). 1. _______1. Actual Size 2. _______ 2. Bad Kitty 3. ______ 3. Chicks and Salsa 4. ______ 4. Dad, Jackie, and Me 5. ______ 5. I Ain‘t Gonna Paint No More 6.______ 6. If You Decide to go to the Moon 7. ______ 7. Leaf Man 8.______ 8. Love and Roast Chicken 9. _______9. Mrs. McBloom Clean Up Your Room 10. ____ 10. Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude 11._____ 11. Show Way 12.____ 12. Snip Snap What‘s That? 13.____ 13. Sunny Boy 14.____ 14. Terrific 15.____ 15. The Three Silly Billies 16.______16. When Charlie McButton Lost Power S. Jenkins N. Bruel A. Reynolds M. Uhlberg K. Beaumont F. McNulty L. Ehlert B. Knutson K. DiPucchio K. O‘Malley J. Woodson M. Bergman C. Fleming J. Agee M. Palatini S. Collins


North Carolina Children’s Book Award Election Results Picture Book Award * Send total number of votes for all books Due: March 31, 2007
No. of Votes 1.________ 2.________ 3.________ 4.________ 5.________ 6.________ 7.________ 8.________ 9.________ 10._______ 11._______ 12._______ 13._______ 14._______ 15._______ 16._______ Title Actual Size Bad Kitty Chicks and Salsa Dad, Jackie, and Me I Ain‘t Gonna Paint No More If You Decide to go to the Moon Leaf Man Love and Roast Chicken Mrs. McBloom Clean Up Your Room Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude Show Way Snip Snap What‘s That? Sunny Boy Terrific Three Silly Billies When Charlie McButton Lost Power Author Jenkins Bruel Reynolds Uhlberg Beamont McNulty Ehlert Knutson DiPucchio O‘Malley Woodson Bergman Fleming Agee Palatini Collins

Your Name__________________________________Phone______________ Library ___________________________________________________
Vote online at Bookhive ( or send vote totals to: Lisa Tucker, Middle Fork Elementary School, 3125 Williston Road, Walkertown, NC 27051 e-mail: or Sally Baron, North Regional Library, 200 Horizon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615 919-870-4020 Fax: 919-870-4007 e-mail: sbaron@


Nominations for the 2008 North Carolina Children’s Picture Book Award
Please list the titles of books suggested by the CHILDREN in your school/library. Books must have a copyright of 2004 or later. TITLE AUTHOR PUBLISHER PUB. YEAR

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5. ________________________________________________________________________ Nominations are due by March 1, 2007.

Your name________________________________________________ Date________ Address________________________________________________________________ Library ________________________________________________________________ Submit nominations online at Bookhive ( or send nominations to: Lisa Tucker, Middle Fork Elementary School, 3125 Williston Road, Walkertown, NC 27051 e-mail: or Sally Baron, North Regional Library, 200 Horizon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615 919-870-4020 Fax: 919-870-4007 e-mail:


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2007 Junior Book Award Guidelines (appropriate for 4th through 6th grades) Sponsored by the North Carolina School Library Media Association and the North Carolina Association of School Librarians and the Children's Services Sections of the North Carolina Library Association. Purpose: * To encourage students in grades 4 through 6 to become better acquainted with noteworthy writers of contemporary books; * To broaden students‘ awareness of literature as a means of personal satisfaction and lifelong pursuits; * To promote reading aloud with students as a means of extending the concept of reading for pleasure; * To give recognition and honor to their favorite books, authors, and illustrators. Voting Procedures and Rules:  Register your library at   Students vote the month of March 2007 from the list of nominated books. To be eligible to vote, children must be exposed to at least five of the titles by either reading them in their entirety themselves, or having them read to them in their entirety or a combination of the two. Each qualified voter has one vote for his/her favorite book and may participate through the public library and/or school library/classroom. Total votes for each title should be tabulated and sent to the Book Award Committee (Lisa Tucker or Sally Baron) by March 31, 2007. Votes may be sent by snail mail, fax, e-mail or online at Bookhive. Vote tallies for all titles must be sent. Systems may send group totals from several libraries if individual libraries are not sending vote totals online.

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Nominations Procedure for the 2008 Award:  Children may make suggestions any time during the school year. See form for nominating titles in activity booklet.



A committee representing NCSLMA, NCASL and CSS will choose approximately 10 to 15 titles from the list of suggestions submitted by the children to be the 2008 Junior Book award nominees. Nominations are due March 1, 2007.


Eligibility for the 2008 Award:  The nominated book must be recognized as a noteworthy Junior book, fiction or nonfiction, appropriate for grades 4-6.  The nominated book must have a copyright date of 2004 or later. Lisa Tucker Middle Fork Elementary School 3125 Williston Road Walkertown, NC 27051

Sally Baron, North Regional Library Wake County Public Library 200 Horizon Drive Raleigh, NC 27615 Fax: 919-870-4007



Anderson, M. T. Whales on Stilts. Orlando: Harcourt, 2005. Biedrzycki, David. Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective. New York: Charlesbridge, 2005. Borden, Louise. The Journey That Saved Curious George. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Bruchac, Joseph. Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path. New York: Lee and Low, 2004. Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander. New York: Scholastic, 2003. Lewis, J. Patrick. Please Bury Me in the Library. Orlando: Harcourt, 2005. Martin, Ann M. A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray. New York: Scholastic, 2005. Noble, Tinka Hakes. The Scarlet Stocking Spy. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2004. O‘Brien, Patrick. Duel of the Ironclads. New York: Walker & Company, 2003. Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Le’on. New York: Scholastic, 2004. Say, Allen. Kamishibai Man. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005. Silverstein, Shel. Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective Author: David Biedrzycki Related Books: The Web Files by Margie Palatini The Bugliest Bug by Carol Diggory Shields Chet Gecko series by Bruce Hale How to Draw Insects by Christine Smith Bug Off! By Cathi Hepworth Buggy Riddles by Katy Hall Insects: Under the Microscope by Grolier Educational Two-Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol Tough Cookie by David Wisniewski Mystery at the Club Sandwich by Doug Cushman Activities: Please see author‘s website at: Language Arts:  Create riddles about bugs and insects-see Buggy Riddles by Katy Hall  Have the students create alternate endings to the story  Discuss the elements of the Mystery genre; divide the students into groups to create a mystery that other students could solve  Have the students come up with words that contain insect names, like sMOTHered, plANT, etc.  Have a family mystery event night in which parents and students solve minimysteries together Science:  Have a law enforcement officer visit to discuss real detective strategies using science methodology. Compare how Ace Lacewing solved the crime and how a crime is solved in real life  Have a fingerprinting presentation  Research different types of insects; report on wild and crazy facts that make your insect unique  Have a beekeeper visit and talk about bees, beehives, and honey. Let students taste honey produced in North Carolina Art/Music/Drama:  Make paper bag puppets of insects  Make fingerprint insects, using different materials to create the wings, legs, and antennae  Sing ―insect‖ songs, such as ―I‘m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee,‖ ―There‘s a Spider on My Tummy,‖ and others with younger students in your school  Have students rewrite this story into a short play using these insect characters  Have students create a ―profile‖ of an insect; share with the class and have them guess what kind of insect is profiled Computer Skills:


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Insect research, using a website such as Insect unit activities: Bug and Insect craft ideas: David Biedrzycki‘s site:

Enrichment Express: Watch the Reading Rainbow episodes Bugs and Life Cycle of a Honeybee. Make magnifying glass cookies using slice and bake cookies and Popsicle sticks. Trace around the cookie with black frosting.



Title: Becoming Naomi Leon Author: Pam Munoz Ryan Related Books: Esperanza Rising and other books by Pam Munoz Ryan The Skirt and other books by Gary Soto Fiesta U.S.A. by George Ancona Josefina’s Surprise: A Christmas Story by Valerie Tripp The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie de Paola Nine Days to Christmas by Marie Hall Ets Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech Activities: Language Arts/Communication Skills:  Read about the author at and in ―After Words‖ (book bonus feature). She offers advice for aspiring writers, illustrators, and artists.  Keep lists of ―Splendid Words‖ and ―Superb Spanish Words‖ while reading.  Make other lists such as examples of the characters‘ positive thinking (―selfprophecies‖) and Gram‘s figurative language.  Discuss how the collective nouns used as chapter names relate to the characters and/or action in the chapter (more in ―After Words‖). Look at the book A Cache of Jewels by Ruth Heller.  Discuss security as it relates to people and places in the book (Gram as mother figure, Naomi‘s lists and school, Owen‘s tape and doctor appointments, etc.).  Discuss how the good and bad of a situation can sometimes be the same thing.  Other discussion topics: importance and meaning of names and labels, when to ask questions and when to keep quiet, self-esteem, pride, loyalty, courage, overcoming adversity, divorce, absent parents, biculturalism, …  Read stories of triumph over disability and adversity at  Make a timeline of key events and changes as Naomi grows ―from a mouse to a lioness‖ (Leon).  Write about or discuss the book‘s ending and the family‘s future.  What kind of parents are Skyla and Santiago? Compare and contrast their good and bad qualities. Math:  Measure ingredients and cook bunuelos (recipe in ―After Words‖), pan dulce, or other Mexican foods.  Measure distance of the journey between San Diego County, California and Oaxaca, Mexico using an atlas or online map.  On the first page, Naomi says she has lived with Gram for a double month of Sundays; calculate how long this would be.



Figure the number of miles the Outlaw family traveled and also estimate the amount of gas they might need. Estimate how much this would cost.

Science:  Learn about heredity and make a chart of students‘ traits and talents.  List the animals that are found in the chapter names and carvings.  Research the plants found in the story and prepare a PowerPoint presentation (lemons and avocados, radishes and zucchini, manzanita, jacaranda, bougainvillea, copal, etc.). Social Studies:  Locate San Diego, California and Oaxaca, Mexico in an atlas or online map and examine the land and water features. Plot the route the family took to Oaxaca.  Use Yahooligans! to research Mexican culture, festivals, Christmas traditions, etc.  View scenes of La Noche de los Rabanos at  Research local festivals in North Carolina and the Southeast.  Have each student create a family tree, including aunts and uncles.  Have a classroom Mexican fiesta with food and a piñata. Art/Music/Drama:  Try soap or vegetable carving (directions in ―After Words‖).  Reenact a Las Posadas procession.  Make a piñata. Enrichment Express:  View author video from the ―Good Conversation!‖ series.  View trailer photos and names at (archives).  Invite a local wood carver or sculptor to demonstrate carving.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray Author/Illustrator: Ann M. Martin Related Books: Freckles by Paul Howey The Good Dog by Avi Cages by Peg Kehret Runt by Marion Dane Bauer “Let’s Get a Pup,” said Kate by Bob Graham Love That Dog by Karen Creech Activities: Science/Math:  The changing seasons were a major factor in Squirrel‘s life. What are the variations in temperature over the four seasons in your part of North Carolina?  How much does it cost to care for a dog? Research the price of food, vet and grooming costs for the life span of a dog.  Poll your students about their favorite dog breeds and graph the results. Language Arts:  Write a story, from Matthias‘s point of view, about finding and caring for Squirrel.  Rename Squirrel. Why did you choose that name?  Write a story or journal entry from the perspective of a pet. Social Studies:  Arrange for a visit from your local animal shelter, Humane Society or ASPCA.  There are many breeds of dogs. Choose one and write a report about it. Art:  Draw a picture of your favorite dog.  Design the perfect dog house. Enrichment Express:  Do a school-wide ―dog food drive‖ and collect cans and bags of dog food as a donation to the local animal shelter.  Sing ―How Much is That Doggy in the Window‖ or ―BINGO.‖ Sing one of the songs with a different animal.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Duel of the Ironclads: The Monitor vs. the Virginia Author/Illustrator: Patrick O‘Brien Related Books: Battle of the Ironclads by Michael Burgan Blockade Runners and Ironclads by Wallace B. Black The Civil War at Sea by George Sullivan Ironclads and Blockades in the Civil War by Douglas J. Savage Ironclads of the Civil War by Frank Robert Donovan The Monitor: the Iron Ship That Changed the World by Gare Thompson The Monitor vs. the Merrimack by Bruce L. Brager U.S.S. Monitor by Gare Thompson Other books by Patrick O‘Brien Related Websites: Patrick O‘Brien‘s website: Lesson plan on the building of the Monitor: This site features an interactive story of the Monitor including descriptions of life aboard the ship, and describes current salvage efforts: Lincoln’s Secret Weapon site from PBS: This site focuses on the Virginia: Telegram reporting battle between Monitor and Merrimac from Gustavus V. Fox to Gideon Welles, Sunday, March 09, 1862 (Primary Source) Activities: Science/Math:  Study the dynamics of ships, how and why they stay afloat.  Learn about the steam engine and its use in ships and how other ships are powered.  Use a Venn diagram to compare warships past and present (size, equipment, number of people on board, etc.).  Find the measurements of an ironclad and mark out the dimensions in a large area to get a perspective of the size.

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Write an essay in first person as if you were one of the characters in this book – a shipbuilder, John Erisson, Captain John Worden, Captain Franklin Buchanan, Lieutenant Catesby Jones or President Lincoln. Imagine you were a Union soldier assigned to the Monitor or a Confederate soldier assigned to the Virginia. Describe your impressions, fears, and hopes for your warship either in a letter home to your family or in a diary entry. Write a description of the battle as a spectator who watched from shore. Write a poem describing the Battle of Hampton Roads.

Social Studies/History:  Examine the history of warships from ancient through modern times.  Discuss the impact of ironclads on sea battles and how their influence is still seen today.  Develop a timeline of events during the Civil War. Art:  Construct a model of the Monitor and/or the Virginia.  Draw or paint a scene based on the battle.  Draw a map illustrating the events of the battle. Enrichment Express:  Sing songs from the Civil War  Ask Civil War re-enactors to visit and discuss life and conditions during the Civil War.



Title: Gregor the Overlander Author/Illustrator: Suzanne Collins Related Books: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins Activities: Science/Math:  Find out about other animals that use echolocation.  Research facts on bats, cockroaches, rats, and spiders using books like: Animals Nobody Loves, Amazing Bats, Big Bugs, and Spiders by Seymour Simon; Outside and Inside Bats, Outside and Inside Spiders, and Outside and Inside Rats and Mice by Sandra Markle.  Measure the size of four foot cockroaches and six foot rats. Draw them to scale on pavement using sidewalk chalk. Language Arts:  Examine metaphors and have the students write examples.  Gregor and his friends have great courage. Have the students write about what courage means to them and who they consider courageous. Music/Games:  Listen to saxophone music.  Create the rules for the game the people and bats were playing when Gregor entered Regalia. Social Studies:  Create a timeline of events from the time that Boots and Gregor fell down the laundry room air duct through returning home. Health:  Create a list of tips for taking care of a two year old.  Discuss Alzheimer‘s and read aloud The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins by Lester Laminack Art:  Gregor‘s Grandmother created a special quilt from important pieces of clothing. Look at and discuss quilts with the students. Have the students create a quilt pattern on paper or on the sidewalk with chalk.  Create a map of the Underland for Gregor to use on his quest.


Enrichment Express:  Make a list of items that would help Gregor on his journey to rescue his father from the rats.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path Author: Joseph Bruchac Illustrator: S.D. Nelson Related Books: Bright Path, Young Jim Thorpe by Don Brown Jim Thorpe by William R. Sanford & Carl R. Green Jim Thorpe: 20th Century Jock by Robert Lipsyte Jim Thorpe, World’s Greatest Athlete by Gregory B. Richards Thorpe! The Sports Career of Jim Thorpe by James and Lynn Hahn Activities: Art:  In 1998 the U.S. Postal Service issued a Jim Thorpe stamp. Design a stamp of a famous person or a person who deserves recognition.  In 2001 Jim Thorpe was on a Wheaties the Breakfast of Champions cereal box. Design and make a cereal box of a person you consider a champion. Character Education:  Using data projector view the Resources Journal Page from ―Indian Boarding Schools: Civilizing the Native Spirit‖ Lesson Plan from American Memory at The Library of Congress website Discuss discrimination, loss of culture, and diverse viewpoints given in the photographs and letter excerpts. Language Arts/Communication Skills/Writing:  Research boarding schools like Haskell, Carlisle, and Chiloco, then create a class Power Point presentation or write a letter as Jim describing how you feel about the Agency Boarding School, Haskell or Carlisle.  Create a group or class journal with students writing entries for important events in Jim‘s childhood.  Write a book review and post to the school‘s website or bulletin board, or create and videotape student booktalks.  Read a second biography of Jim and compare the narration styles, illustrations, references and bibliographies, and information presented.  Create a center of books and articles about Jim Thorpe, and have students compare the author‘s presentation of his adulthood and being stripped of his Olympic medals. Mathematics:  Have a timed ―math race‖ where students solve word problems about Jim‘s track and field events. Award a ribbon to the student who correctly completes the problems first.  Have students create their own word problems, with one problem about each athletic event and sport in which Jim excelled in and include units of measurement and time. Social Studies/History/Geography:


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Read the section on Native American children forced to attend boarding school in Russell Freedman‘s Children of the West. Compare and discuss the pictures of the children on pages 54-57. Read We Are the Many and research other famous Native Americans. Research the 1912 Olympics and the standards for athletes regarding amateur status. Map out the possible routes and distances Jim traveled from home to school each time he ran away. Create and illustrate a trading card listing personal professional statistics about Jim Thorpe. You can also use Power Point to make a trading card – just use one slide.

Computer Skills:  Visit, read the letters campaigning to have Jim on the front of Wheaties, and write a letter of support or opposition.  Conduct a search of biographical information on Jim and compare it to the information on his family‘s genealogy website,  Discuss primary and secondary sources. Enrichment Express:  Divide into teams and have a relay race.  Have a jumping contest and measure the results.  Have small groups act out the plot in sequence.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margaret and H.A. Ray Author/Illustrator: Louise Borden and Allan Drummond Related Books: All books by H.A. and Margaret Ray 26 Fairmont Avenue – Tommie dePaola How Angel Peterson Got His Name – Gary Paulsen Bill Peet: An Autobiography – Bill Peet The Boy on Fairfield Street – Kathleen Krull The Moon and I – Betsy Byars The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine Always Remember Me by Marisabina Russo Hidden Child by Isaac Millman Activities: Language Arts:  Write and illustrate your own book or team up with another student to collaborate on a book.  Start a diary or a scrapbook to record daily events. Collect small items or draw pictures to supplement your writings.  Request and view the video ―One Survivor Remembers‖ Teaching Tolerance Kit free from Teaching Tolerance Social Studies:  Assign each student a country that participated in WWII. Examine that country then and now.  Learn some basic words, such as hello and good-bye in a foreign language.  Invite a holocaust survivor to speak.  Research the modes of transportation available at the time of their escape, did they have other choices?  Measure, on a map, how far the Reys traveled to escape from Paris, France to New York City.  Plot their escape route on a map. Arts/Music:  Listen to songs popular during WWII.  Draw Curious George and yourself as the man with the yellow hat


Enrichment Express:  If you had to escape from somewhere quickly, what things would you choose to take with you?



Title: The Kamishibai Man Author/Illustrator: Allen Say Related books: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett The Cat Who Went to Heaven by Elizabeth Coatsworth The Worry Stone by Marianna Dengler The Sloppy Copy Slipup by DyAnne DiSalvo Japanese Art and Culture by Kamini Khanduri Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry Zen Shorts by Jon Muth The Hungriest Boy in the World by Lensey Namioka Artsy Smartsy Club by Daniel Pinkwater Hokusai: The Man Who Painted a Mountain by Deborah Ray Seen Art? by Jon Scieszka Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert Activities: Language Arts:  Select a few well-known folktale/fairytales and use traditional storytelling techniques to tell the story to the group, or have the children each select a story and tell it to each other. Consider using the kamishibai picture created for the Art Activity section below to illustrate the stories.  Write a Haiku about a fairytale. (i.e. Big wolf blowing / three pigs running / so sad / houses all over the ground) Math/Games:  Create word problems about time, elapsed time, rate and distance. (i.e: The Kamishibai Man leaves his home in the country at 6:45am. He travels by bicycle for one hour and forty-five minutes. At what time does he stop and set up his story theatre in the city? If he rides at a rate of 12 mph, how far does he travel? He travels at half the rate on his trip back to the country. At what time will he arrive home, if he departs the city at 3:30 pm?)  Based on a simple candy recipe, have the students compute the cost of making candy pops. Have them design money problems about the candy made and sold by the Kamishibai Man. Discuss how many candies need to be sold for him to make a profit each day. Social Studies:  The Kamishibai Man and his wife call each other Jiichan and Baachan (grandpa and grandma). Discover the words used for grandparents in other languages and cultures. One possible website is  Explore the country of Japan. Research its people, history, stories and customs. Have the students illustrate their findings and put on a ―Kamishibai‖ day to share Japanese culture with the entire school.


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Go to the website to discover the Japanese characters that phonetically make up the name of each child. The characters for unusual names can be found by utilizing the Advanced Translate key. Visit , and search Grolier‘s Online database of ―Lands and People‖ or explore to discover how kids live in Japan.

Art:  Draw/paint a Kamishibai style single illustration that would best support/enhance a storytelling rendition of a traditional folktale/fairytale.  According to the Afterword in the book, Kamishibai artists turned to creating manga (comic books) and anime to make a living. Change the drawing created above into an anime picture. Enrichment Express: Utilize a fast-paced cross between Pictionary and Charades to elicit the names of traditional folktales/fairytales from the audience. i.e. Hold up three fingers (3) / mime the word ―little‖/draw a pig on a flip chart or on the blackboard – hopefully the kids will be able to guess that the story is The Three Little Pigs. Other stories to try: Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Princess and the Pea, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Gingerbread Boy, etc.



Title: Please Bury Me in the Library Author: J. Patrick Lewis

Illustrator: Kyle M. Stone
Related Books: The Bookworm’s Feast: A Potluck of Poems by J. Patrick Lewis

Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening by Lee Bennett Hopkins Book! by Kristine O‘Connell George Once Inside the Library by Barbara Huff You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman Read Anything Good Lately? by Susan Allen

Language Arts/ Communications Skills  Rename books in the library using words that rhymed (i.e. Furious George)  Write a limerick on a topic of your choice.  Choose your favorite food and write a poem in an ―abccb‖ pattern.  Write a comparison poem using the words ―great, good, and bad‖ using couplets.  Brainstorm the biggest word you know and look the words up in the dictionary.  After reading the poem ―Reading in the Dark,‖ create a metaphor about what a book means to them.  Create/collect quotes about words. (i.e. A picture is worth a thousand words)  Create a haiku about a personal event in your life.  Personify a book and write a story about the book‘s adventures.  If animals could read books, what kind of books would each animal like to read?

Social Studies Create an acrostic poem using the name of a place (i.e. your school, library, town)

Science/Math  After reading the poem ―Please Bury Me in the Library,‖ create math problems using Dewey Decimal System numbers.  Find books in the library that have numbers in the titles and create word problems using the titles.  Research an animal and create an acrostic poem using the animal‘s name.


Art  Create new covers for tired books in your library.  Illustrate the metaphor created above.  Create your own personal bookmark with the title of your favorite book and trade with a friend. Enrichment Express Create a list of books you just couldn‘t put down.



Title: Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook Author/Illustrator: Shel Silverstein Related Books: All books by Shel Silverstein A Pizza the Size of the Sun – Jack Prelutsky Beast Feast: Poems – Douglas Florian A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems – Paul Janeczko Science Verse – Jon Scieszka Spider and the Fly – Mary Howitt Activities: Science/Math:  Study rabbits – wild animals, habitat, pets, care, feeding, etc. Language Arts:  Create other characters such as Toe Jurtle and Skertie Gunk. What sort of names can you think of that sound silly when reversed?  Write a play using the poems or characters in Runny Babbit. Decide if you want to act out the poems as written, as normal words, or as both.  Take a poem from any poetry book and change it to a spoonerism style poem.  Rehearse and perform your play for parents or other classes. Music/Games:  Take a well-known song and switch the first letters of two adjoining words, just as in Runny Babbit. Art:  Runny Babbit has illustrations throughout the book. Create more illustrations, and include color. What sorts of colors would go along with silly poems such as these?  Create backdrops for the play written in the activity above.  Have children make name tags with their ―spoonerized‖ names. Enrichment Express:  Take your name and change it into a spoonerism.  Call out the ―spoonerized‖ names of a variety of things and have children guess what they are.  Rewrite library rules in the spoonerism style.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD CLASSROOM OR LIBRARY ACTIVITIES Title: The Scarlet Stockings Spy Author: Trinka Hakes Noble Illustrator: Robert Papp Related books: The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern Ben and Me by Robert Lawson Toliver’s Secret by Ester Wood Brady Deborah Sampson Goes to War by Bryna Stevens Molly Pitcher tale retold by Larry Dane Brimner Buttons for General Washington by Peter and Connie Roop Women Soldiers, Spies, and Patriots of the American Revolution by Martha Kneib Activities: Language Arts/Communication Skills:  Colonial English is somewhat different from the English we speak today. Search the book for unusual vocabulary words or phrases. Create a class dictionary defining the terms.  Maddy Rose used her clothesline code to communicate the locations of British ships. Create a message on a bulletin board for your students to decipher, and then have them design messages for their classmates.  Research other methods of sending secret messages. Ex. Morse Code, invisible ink, scrambled letters, etc.  Read the author‘s note and discuss how Trinka Hakes Noble‘s family history inspired her to write this book.  Discuss the characteristics of historical fiction as a genre.  Go to for a free teacher‘s guide from the publisher. Math:  In order to have a proper seam, Maddy Rose needed to sew sixteen stitches per inch. Design Maddy Rose‘s flag and figure out how many stitches she needed to sew. Social Studies/History/Geography:  Research the original American flag design. What was the significance of the colors? What did the stars and stripes represent?  Play the Quarter Explorer game at the U.S. Mint‘s website. Choose the 1999 quarters to include Pennsylvania.  Take a virtual fieldtrip to Colonial Williamsburg. Explore the Tour the Town section to view real photos and maps and find what life was like in Maddy Rose‘s time.  Invite members of a local Revolutionary War reenactment group to visit your school in costume and speak about their hobby.  Create a ―What am I?‖ riddle based on the research of Colonial life.


Music/Art:  Patriotic music inspired troops and civilian supporters during the Revolutionary War. Listen to some Revolutionary War music. Discuss the music; what about the tunes do you think was inspirational? Check for examples of Revolutionary War music. Enrichment Express: How many of the original thirteen colonies can the children name in five minutes? Give the group an opportunity to name the colonies that they remember and then quickly brainstorm places in the library where they might find the rest.



Title: Whales on Stilts Author/Illustrator: M.T Anderson Related Books: The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen by M.T. Anderson A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket The Fran that Time Forgot by Jim Benton Looking for Bobowicz by Daniel Pinkwater Activities: Science/Math:  On page 136 Larry says, ―You know what I always found? In math the answer is usually seven.‖ Have the students write math problems where the answer is seven.  Research the difference between whales with teeth and those with baleen.  Invent something to help Jasper, Katie, and Lily stop Larry and his plot to take over the world. Language Arts:  Write a newspaper article on the whale attack.  Write an interview with Jasper, Katie, Lily, or Larry.  Write a Jasper or Katie story using one of the titles on page 23, 85, or 173.  Create a plan to stop the whales. Music/Games:  Listen to humpback whale songs.  Create a game on the different types of whales or on one of Katie‘s adventures in Horror Hollow. Social Studies:  Read The Night the Martians Landed: Just the Facts (Plus the Rumors) About Invaders From Mars by Kathleen Krull. This book describes the events in 1938 when many people believed a radio play based on is The War of the Worlds was true. Create a radio play or newscast on the invading whales on stilts. Health:  Hold a Career Day.  Have a lesson on fire safety. Art:  Create a comic based on events in Whales on Stilts.  Design other accessories for the whales.  There are several advertisements in the book. Discuss advertising and create ads for Whales on Stilts or the next book in the series, The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen.


Enrichment Express: Create new titles for Katie, Jasper, and Lily stories.


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD VOTING BALLOT JUNIOR BOOK AWARD Make an “X” on the line next to your favorite choice for this year’s book award. You may choose only one (1).

1. _____ 2. _____ 3. _____ 4. _____ 5. _____ 6. _____ 7. _____ 8. _____ 9. _____ 10. _____ 11._____ 12_____

1. Ace Lacewing 2. Becoming Naomi Le’on 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. A Dog’s Life Duel of the Ironclads Gregor the Overlander Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path

Bierdrzycki Ryan Martin O’Brien Collins Bruchac

Journey that Saved Curious George Borden Kamishibai Man Please Bury Me in the Library Say Lewis Silverstein Noble Anderson

10. Runny Babbit 11. The Scarlet Stocking Spy 12. Whales on Stilts


NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD ELECTION RESULTS JUNIOR BOOK AWARD Send total number of votes for all books Due: March 31, 2007
No. of Votes 1._________ 2._________ 3._________ 4._________ 5._________ 6._________ 7._________ 8._________ 9._________ 10._________ 11._________ Title 1. Ace Lacewing 2. Becoming Naomi Le‘on 3. A Dog‘s Life 4. Duel of the Ironclads 5. Gregor the Overlander 6. Jim Thorpe‘s Bright Path Author Bierdrzycki Ryan Martin O‘Brien Collins Bruchac

7. Journey that Saved Curious George Borden 8. Kamishibai Man 9. Please Bury Me in the Library 10. Runny Babbit 11. The Scarlet Stockings Spy Say Lewis Silverstein Noble Anderson

12.___________12. Whales on Stilts

Your Name__________________________________Phone______________ Address________________________________________________________ School/Public Library System_______________________________________ Submit voting totals online at Bookhive ( or send to: Lisa Tucker, Middle Fork Elementary , 3125 Williston Road, Walkertown, NC 27051 336-748-4090 e-mail: or Sally Baron, North Regional Library, 200 Horizon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615 919-870-4020 Fax: 919-870-4007 e-mail:


Nominations for the 2008 North Carolina Children’s Junior Book Award
Please list the titles of books suggested by the CHILDREN in your school/library. Books must have a copyright of 2004 or later. Nominations are due by March 1, 2007. TITLE AUTHOR PUBLISHER PUB. YEAR

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Your name________________________________ Phone_______________Date________ Address________________________________________________________________ School/Public Library _________________________________________________ Submit nominations online at Bookhive ( or send nominations to: Lisa Tucker, Middle Fork Elementary, 3125 Williston Road, Walkertown, NC 27051 336-748-4090 e-mail: or Sally Baron, North Regional Library, 200 Horizon Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615 919-870-4020 Fax: 919-870-4007 e-mail:


If you would like to nominate a book for consideration in next year’s North Carolina Children’s Book Award Program, please fill out this form and send to the NCCBA committee. Books must be quality literature and have been published within the last three years. Only children should nominate titles for consideration. TITLE________________________________________________________________ AUTHOR_____________________________________________________________ PUBLSIHER__________________________________________________________ COPYRIGHT DATE___________________________________________________ WHY YOU LIKE THE BOOK (optional)


If you would like to nominate a book for consideration in next year’s North Carolina Children’s Book Award Program, please fill out this form and send to the NCCBA committee. Books must be quality literature and have been published within the last three years. Only children should nominate titles for consideration. TITLE________________________________________________________________ AUTHOR_____________________________________________________________ PUBLSIHER__________________________________________________________ COPYRIGHT DATE___________________________________________________ WHY YOU LIKE THE BOOK (optional)


BOOKMARKS Print bookmark pages back to back and then cut pages in half to form large bookmarks. Print on tagboard or colored paper using a different color for Picture Books and Junior Books.