Nerdcott has commenced!


After a visit to my local library (which has THE best children’s section!), I’m set for my start of #nerdcott. Lucky for me, the library had a display of Caldecott and Newbery titles ripe for the picking. I’m not participating in the #nerdbery challenge, but I saw some titles I loved on the shelf!

It was upon seeing this display that I changed my mentality for the #nerdcott challenge. Rather than trying to search for titles and wait for ILLs to come in, I’m just going to read winners that are available when they’re available…I mean, it’s supposed to be stress-free right?? I also decided that I would somewhat screen the books before trying to force them on my children. I only want them to have happy memories of reading!

I grabbed this stack of books (I think I practically cleared out the top two shelves) and made myself comfortable amid the moms and kiddos hanging in the children’s section.

I am including my favorite illustration for each book. The links for the titles will take you to my Goodreads review where I am including my thoughts about the illustrations as well as my favorite line from the story. Thanks to Mr. Schu for inspiring this format!

First up was Animals of the Bible, which was the original Caldecott winner in 1938. The “story” consisted of verses from the Bible along with illustration. “The Mighty Eagle” page was quite beautiful, and I love the verse(s) that accopanied the picture. Isaiah 40:28-31. With Christmas just recently passed, naturally the two illustrations with Christmas ties were fitting. The first is “Animals Around the Christmas Manger” from Luke 2:1, 3:7, and the second was titled “The Flocks of the Christmas Shepherds” from Luke 2:8-20.

Next I read Shadow, Chanticleer and the Fox, May I Bring a Friend?Smoky Night

Madeline’s Rescue (1954), Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (1976), and Song and Dance Man (1989).


Books I chose to share with my kids (ages 8.5, 4, 1.5):

  • Song and Dance Man
  • Madeline’s Rescue
  • May I Bring a Friend?

Books I chose as future teaching points:

  • Smoky Night — don’t judge people before you try to know them
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears — think before you (re)act!

How is your challenge journey going so far?




One response »

  1. I LOVE Why Mosquitoes Buzz in Peoples Ears! I read it go my ninth graders every year and its always one of their favorites, too.

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