March 20, 2016

The Challenge Continues . . . Buckeye Book Award Reading Challenge 2003

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 2002 was skipped, today I continue my challenge by reading the winner of the K-2 Buckeye Book Award in 2003, David Goes to School by David Shannon.

David Goes to School takes readers on another humorous journey.  First encountered in No, David in 1998, David is the poster boy for mischief-makers everywhere.  In David Goes to School, he gives his weary mother a rest by going to school.  He is expected to follow all the rules.  He can't run in the halls, cut in line, call out, or swing his paintbrush around.  Drawing on his desk is the final straw, and although minor punishments have already been given out, it's time for him to stay after school.  In a punishment that fits the misdemeanor, he has to wash the desks.   Despite being troublesome, David is a lovable character.  David Shannon’s minimal lines of text allow the humorous illustrations to tell the rest of the story.  Overall, young kids can relate to David’s first experiences at school, classroom rules, and punishment for poor behavior.  Still a popular book, this title (and all the other David books) are checked out often in my libraries today.  An understandable winner for a Buckeye Book Award.

Ashley, your upcoming 2001 book is another Captain Underpants book.  Like David, these books are always fun to read and remain well-liked today.  

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.

1 comment:

  1. Yes! Kids are still obsessed with David! He's a character you root for, and a character that kids either know in their own classrooms, or can relate to. It's amazing how much of a great story can be relayed through simple text and pictures. An excellent choice by Ohio students, for sure!