Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Newbery Project of Sorts

So you may be wondering why the posts seem to have slowed down around here. I am knee deep in a course offered by ALA's Continuing Education program entitled The Newbery: Past, Present and Future, led by none other than K.T. Horning. In this course, students are expected to read oodles of articles and at least one Newbery winner from each decade. So far I have read The Trumpeter of Krakow, The Cat Who Went to Heaven, The Twenty-One Balloons, and I am currently in the middle of The Wheel on the School.

This has been an amazing experience that has led me to some books that I might otherwise have kept passing by, and I also have a much deeper understanding of the history of the Newbery Award than I did before. The students in the class come from all different walks of life, and the lively forums are filled with diverse opinions.

Don't despair! I will be blogging some of these titles as well as some current books soon...I promise! Thanks for hanging in!


Tasha said...

Ooo! You have selected two of my favorite Newbery books from my childhood. Trumpeter of Krakow and Wheel on the School. Glad you enjoyed them and thanks for the memories!

Wendy said...

That sounds really interesting! I look forward to hearing more about it--and The Wheel on the School is one of my favorites, too.

Casey said...

The class sounds great but hearing about The Wheel on the School makes me cringe. It's probably a great book but I thoroughly disliked it when I had to read it for class in 4th grade. It was slow going for the young me!

Stacy Dillon said...

Oh no, Casey! I'm in the middle of it and I'm utterly charmed! I do think that for kids it would work much better as a read aloud.

I'll let you know how the rest of them go!