This year, I had to purchase two of the winners. I read a lot in 2014 but I didn't read much for beginning readers. Of course, I already had the new Elephant and Piggie (Waiting is Not Easy) book that won the award. (I imagine every Mo Willems book is the perfect example of what makes a good Geisel Award winner.) And both of these new titles will be good for my 3rd grade classroom too!
You Are (Not) Small is the winner of this award this year and it is a picture book. I don't think this book was even on my radar before it was announced as a winner last week. But I ordered it right away and I loved it! It is a fun story that has lots to say in a fun way. I love when a simple books gives a powerful message. For me the book was about perspective and identity and acceptance. The illustrations are fun and the characters are quite engaging--and quite adorable. I know my 3rd graders will like the story and I love that the themes are accessible. Younger children will love this one as well.
I hadn't read a new Mr. Putter and Tabby book in a long time. Honestly, I didn't realize Cynthia Rylant was still writing these. But when I saw Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page--a book about reading--was a Geisel Honor, I was thrilled! I had kind of forgotten about this series and I can think of a few kids who these books would be perfect for. I am hoping that having the award winner in the classroom might get some kids reading these. This new one was quite fun. Mr. Putter and his neighbor take their pets to story time at the library. This is a typical Mr. Putter and Tabby book with some fun humor sprinkled throughout. I enjoyed it and am glad to have rediscovered the series.
didn't realize that Cynthia Rylant was still writing these. So I was happy to see this new one,
I think all of the Geisel award winners and honors are great for K-3 classrooms. If you haven't kept up on this award, it is a fairly new one. You can find all of the past award winners and honor books on the award page. Definitely a list worth checking out if you work with young children.