We got a good question on another post that I think deserves its own space. Here it is:
Comment from s.j. on “Are you in mourning?“:
For those who did mock Caldecotts with students, I would love some more information and tips on doing one for next year! I have some mixed-grade classes (1, 2, & 3) and I think this might be a great project to do with them.
Especially: How do you pick the books for their consideration? How many? Ideally at least one of the winner/honors would be in the pile we were using — it would be sort of a buzz kill for the kids if the winner/honors were ones that we weren’t even looking at!
Discussions or activities — book-specific or not, also generally relating to Caldecott and the art of illustration.
Any other tips …
So how about it? Would you all be willing to share your process with all of us blog readers? I would guess timing, preparation, and book selection are key. And if you work with kids, tell us what ages/grades, and how much information you present to the group, whether you simplify anything, etc.