October 14, 2015

2015 Buckeye Book Awards

Voting is now open for the 2015 Buckeye Books Awards.  The books competing against each other are:

Splat the Cool School Trip by Rob Scotton
Sidney & Sydney: The Third Grade Mix-Up by Michele Jakubowski
The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers
Shark Girl and Belly Button by Casey Riordan Millard
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Journey by Aaron Becker
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
Secrets According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Click HERE to vote for your favorite book!

October 4, 2015

The Challenge Continues . . . Buckeye Book Award Reading Challenge 1993

And the reading challenge continues!  As stated in a previous post, my librarian friend Ashley Lambacher of the Book Talker and I are hosting the Buckeye Book Award Reading Challenge.  Our goal is to read all the past winners from the children’s book category in chronological order from 1982 to the present.  I will read the K-2 picture book winners and Ashley will read the 4-8/3-5 chapter book winners.  Because 1992 was skipped, today I continue my challenge by reading the winner of the K-2 Buckeye Book Award in 1993,The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle.

The Very Quiet Cricket is another celebration of nature by Eric Carle.  But unlike The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Very Busy Spider, this book has a special element sure to entertain young readers. In this story, a small cricket hatches one day and is welcomed with a chirp by a large cricket.  But when the tiny cricket rubs his wings, he is unable to speak in return.  On each double-spread page, the baby cricket is greeting by a variety of insects but he remains silent.  Finally, he spies another cricket and attempts to greet her.  "And this time . . . he chirped the most beautiful sound that she had ever heard."  Readers are then rewarded with a mechanically produced cricket's chirp as they turn the final page.  Typical of Carle's style, the language is simple, with rhythm, repetition, and alliteration.  The colorful cut-paper illustrations are classic Carle, full of color and expression.  It’s not surprising to find an Eric Carle book on the list of Buckeye Book Awards.  Carle’s distinctive illustrations and creative stories remain classic reads for children then and now, making The Very Quiet Cricket a notable winner of the 1993 Buckeye Book Award.

Ashley, your upcoming 1993 Buckeye Book Award read is Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Schwartz.  I know you dislike scary stories, so best of luck to you – it’s okay to read it with the lights on!

Would you like to join Ashley and I as we read through Ohio’s award winning books?  We welcome any and all who are interested in participating in this fun reading challenge.  For more information, click here.