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OELMA Rosen Librarian of the Month - Gayle BruskPosted by Gayle Brusk on 4/22/2021
I am excited to share with you my project that happened at Big Creek Elementary Library in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. I was recently chosen to be the April 2021 recipient for the Rosen Publishing Ohio School Librarian of the Month. This award is an honor to receive and I am very appreciative to the committee for selecting my project.
The Rosen Publishing Ohio School Librarian of the Month Award focuses on one librarian who demonstrates a project/lesson that enriches student’s learning. This was achieved through my project/lesson titled: Celebrating the Caldecott Award.
At Big Creek Elementary Library, students in Kindergarten-3rd Grade participated in a 4-week series of activities focused on the Caldecott Medal and the importance of illustrations as a part of telling a story. Kindergarten students learned the history of the Caldecott Award and generated their own award while the other grade levels utilized resources such as BookFlix through INFOhio to read past Caldecott winners. Lastly, I collaborated with the Cuyahoga County Public Library children's librarians who created a series of videos of their nominations for the 2021 Caldecott Award.
This was a fun lesson to do with the elementary students. The ability to do an in-person and hands-on lesson with the students after being both Hybrid and Remote due to Covid was a welcome change of pace. Having the students physically see the illustrations and read the Caldecott books was very beneficial to this lesson. Furthermore, the students loved the book bins filled with Caldecott books and often checked them out for pleasure reading.
One of the major successes of this unit of study was that the students gained an appreciation of literature and learned that the illustrations are a critical part to the understanding of a story. Also, the students discovered new stories and checked out several Caldecott books. Furthermore, they went on to investigate more titles or sequels of Caldecott winners or other books by the same author/illustrator. Overall, the unit of study helped the students realize the importance of illustrations to a story.