Friday, June 20, 2014

What will win the Greenaway awards?

This Monday the 23rd June the winner if the Greenaway books will be announced. Are you able to decide what will win before then? Post your guess in the comments.

Monday, May 19, 2014

My personal Greenaway collection

Hi All, I just thought I would share with you what I plan to show our group at our book club this lunchtime. I have been collecting original Kate Greenaway books for a couple of years now because my daughter bought me one for Christmas. I had asked for an old picture book and without realising the significance of Kate Greenaway she bought me my first one. Since then I have been hooked. Whenever I go into a second hand bookshop it is the first thing I ask for. If I find one well I get so excited!

I am taking in my collection to show the group today and thought you might like a look too.

Do any of you have collections that you would like to share with us?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

toads on toast
 this is a great book for children because the reader is on the edge of there seat and it has a nice twist at the end because every one is safe and it has a recipe at the end for the reader and his /her family. I really enjoyed this book and I think a child would too. the fox changes because he doesn't eat toads any more.   gabriella
What`s up bear
What`s up bear is a wonderful rhyming children`s book.I think a small child would enjoy this book, because it is easy to read. The illustrations are nice,colourful and bright.I think that the illustrations do tell the story without having to read the text.I love this book and all the beautiful colours. Victoria

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hello from the HCS campus!

We have been discussing the Chocolate Lily books since Spring Break and will be adding our thoughts to this site very soon!  It is interesting how some of the books elicit instant attraction or distinct dislike right from first sight.  Our first challenge has been to be inquisitive and open-minded enough to go past the appearance and take into account the story, feel, depth and conclusion of each book.  It has been worth the effort.  I look forward to reading everyone's reviews!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Critique on Chocolate Lily and Greenaway Books

Good Morning all Book club participants in the Greenaway and Chocolate Lily celebration!

Thank you to Mrs Hutchinson for getting the postings up for the Kate Greenaway awards!  I have added simple reviews on all the books for the Chocolate Lily awards in the picture book genre.  Please can you add your critique via comments on any of the books you manage to read?  
Here again are the criteria I shared in a previous blog post.  Feel free to use these criteria in your comments.  Thank you for sharing!  I cannot wait to see what you think about these amazing artists! :D

Criteria for critique.

1.  Does the story have rhythm?  Is it a pleasure to read aloud or do you stumble with the words?
2.  Did you enjoy the story?  Would a small child enjoy the story?  Why or why not?
3.  Do the images match the theme of the story?  Could the images tell the story on their own?
4.  Is it a circular story? Does it bring you back to the end or does the ending take you somewhere else?
5.  Does the character grow or change in some way by the end of the book?
6.  How much of the text is telling you the story?  Do you feel like things are being explained to you a lot?  Can you see the images in your head when you read?
7.  Is the language suited to the story?  Does it start off well?  Are there any sensory details that add to the text?  Are the nouns and verbs strong?
8.  If there is a rhyming text does the rhyme add to the story? Is it a strong story without the rhyme?  Does the story have substance or is the author relying on the rhyme to get through?  Is the rhyme innovative?
9.  Is this book unique in some way?  What makes it special?
After our blogging all book clubs hope to participate in a collaborative classroom event on Blackboard where we will vote on the winners! We might even post our library staff sharing the books via video to our blog!   Join us in our blogging adventure and encourage literacy:)!