Learning Plans & Activities
Find an Award Book (2nd Grade)



• Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge. (AASL 1)

• Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge. (AASL 2)

• Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society. (AASL 3)

• Pursue personal and aesthetic growth. (AASL 4)

• Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. (CCSS 1)

• Use meaning clues (e.g., pictures, captions, illustrations, title, cover, headings, story structure, story topic) to aid comprehension and make predictions about content (e.g.,action, events, character's behavior). (McREL 2)

• Read a variety of familiar literary passages and texts (e.g., fairy tales, folktales, fiction, nonfiction, legends, fables, myths, poems, nursery rhymes, picture books, predictable books). (McREL 3)



• Recognize and illustrate a Caldecott award book.

• Identify and write the title and illustrator.


1. Worksheets are copied on card stock if the work will be displayed.

2. The school librarian discusses and defines the Caldecott award books and illustrators.

3. The reading teacher reads and shows two Caldecott award books. A discussion is led, asking who, what, where about the book, and why the book is an award book.

4. The school librarian shows how to find Caldecott award books and displays some books.

5. With both teachers' assistance, student pairs select and examine a Caldecott book, and write the title and illustrator on the worksheet trophy. Students illustrate the book in the box under the trophy and lightly color the trophy.

6. If the worksheets were printed on card stock, the trophy and illustrated box are cut out as connected together, with the illustrated box folded so that the trophy can be free standing for a library display.

Teaching Team

Reading and school librarian teachers.

Suggested Source

American Librarian Association. "Caldecott Medal Winners,1938–Present."


Additional Suggestions from SLC

Mac Barnett. Sam & Dave Dig a Hole. Candlewick Press, 2014.

Aaron Becker. Journey. Candlewick Press, 2013.

Jon Klassen. This Is Not My Hat. Candlewick Press, 2012.

Lindsay Mattick. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Little, Brown & Company, 2015.

Patrick McDonnell. Me …Jane. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011.

Matt de la Pena. Last Stop on Market Street. G. P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Young Readers Group), 2015.

John Rocco. Blackout. Disney-Hyperion, 2011.

Dan Santat. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014.

David Wiesner. Mr. Wuffles. Clarion Books, 2013.

This lesson plan is excerpted from Standards-Based Lesson Plans for the Busy Elementary School Librarian by Joyce Keeling. Libraries Unlimited. Copyright © 2017.

Standards-Based Lesson Plans Standards-Based Lesson Plans for the Busy Elementary School Librarian by Joyce Keeling is available at Libraries Unlimited

Joyce Keeling

MLA Citation Keeling, Joyce. "Find an Award Book (2nd Grade)." School Library Connection, January 2017, schoollibraryconnection.com/Home/Display/2233183?childId=2080440&topicCenterId=1955265&tab=1.

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