EDLA 503ME Extending the Chickadee Award

What is Maine’s Chickadee Award? How can it enhance your work with students? This children’s choice picture book award, similar to those found in other states, is an exciting opportunity for teachers and librarians to promote literacy, address standards, and encourage a love of reading. In this course, you will prepare exciting and meaningful ways to use these books beyond a one-time read aloud. You will explore opportunities to promote a common language and sense of community within a school, to work on the concept of informed voting, to see numerous curriculum connections, and to investigate authors, illustrators, stories, art, genres, and topics. Although only K-4 students vote for their favorite, these ten books can be used to extend and support research and to model reading strategies at any grade level. The course is offered during the summer and fall semesters. Participants will need access to the ten books on the current Chickadee list, usually found in your local school or public libraries (or sometimes via Interlibrary Loan–just ask). The text for the course: Reading Picture Books With To Children: How to Shake Up Storytime and Get Kids Talking About What They See by Megan Dowd Lambert, in association with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2020   HC ISBN: 978-1-58089-662-7; PB ISBN: 978-2-58089-791-4; ebook ISBN: 978-1-60734563-3; ebook pdf ISBN: 978-1-60734-695-1.

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