2012 Mock Caldecott Results

This morning, 37 librarians discussed a short list of outstanding pictures books at the 2012 Suffolk County Mock Caldecott Discussion. When the ballots were counted, both groups had selected Grandpa Green by Lane Smith as the winner. Group 1 selected Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage as an honor book, and group 2 chose A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka. Judy Zuckerman of the Brooklyn Public Library took a train from Atlantic Terminal in the wee hours of the morning to join us and share her experience as Chair of the 2011 Caldecott Committee and member of the 2005 Caldecott committee.

“What a terrific, well-prepared group they were!” Judy said about the librarians in attendance.

Peter Ward, director of the Lindenhurst Memorial Library, observed the program and was equally impressed with the participants. “You’ve got the stars of children’s services interacting with the up and coming blue chips,” he commented. (See Peter’s unique announcement of the Mock Caldecott winners here.)

The discussion leaders – Danielle Carey, Julie Delaney, Christine Dengel, and Kelly Sheridan did a great job selecting the books and facilitating the discussion groups. Many thanks to the librarians who stepped up to introduce the 8 discussion titles:

A Ball for Daisy; Chris Raschka
Brother Sun, Sister Moon; written by Katherine Paterson; illustrated by Pamela Dalton
Grandpa Green; Lane Smith
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans; Kadir Nelson
The House Baba Built; the text as told to Libby Koponen; illustrated by Ed Young
Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat; Philip C.  Stead
The Man in the Moon; Laura Geringer Books, editor; illustrated by William Joyce
Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage

To tune in to the ALA Youth Media Awards presentation on January 23, 2012, visit the ALA website.


Heather Forest visits Nesconset

On Thursday, August 25th, Heather Forest performed in the community room of the Smithtown Library’s Nesconset Branch to an appreciative audience of children and parents. According to Christine Dengel, children’s librarian trainee at the Smithtown Library, Heather got the audience participating right from the get go. “Everyone was basically a storyteller,” Christine reported, and then went on to say the following:

Heather incorporates various musical instruments into all of her stories, so they can be appreciated as ballads.  In one moment she’ll be singing and strumming her guitar, and then she’ll immediately shift gears and her voice becomes one of the characters in the story.   The audience laughed every time Heather imitated the squeaking mouse.  This was especially true for the circular tales like The Turnip and The Little Red Hen, which can become tedious in their repetition.  Not true with Heather; she brought them both to life with music and humor.   Even those of us who cannot sing were able to join in the music.  We’d clap to keep the rhythm, so we were the percussion instruments.  Then of course everyone clapped at the end because it was a fantastic performance.

To learn from this internationally known storyteller firsthand, join us on September 14th for Heather’s presentation The Magic of Words: A Storytelling Skills Workshop at SCLS. The program begins promptly at 9:30am.