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Book Awards Digital Library Lesson


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten through 5th Grades

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
2-3 class periods

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This library lesson introduces the Youth Media Book Awards to elementary students! Includes five awards: Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, and Sibert. Also includes fun facts, trivia, and more!

Updated to include the 2023 Award Winners! Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you.

This lesson has 100+ slides/pages, and it includes:

  • 83-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 41 slides are whole class lesson slides.
    • 35 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • Two (2) lists of award-winning recommended books to accompany this lesson (1 page, PDF)
    • Includes the elementary book award titles mentioned in the presentation, plus a few other award winners.
    • You can edit the titles to suit your library’s collection.
    • The titles on the two pages are the same, but they are sorted differently on each page. One page sorts by fiction, nonfiction, and picture book. The other sorts by award.
  • Two (2) editable, differentiated scavenger hunts (3 pages)
    • “Easier” scavenger hunt is for students who are not yet reading; students color the objects as they see them in Part 2 scrolling slides of the lesson presentation.
    • “Harder” scavenger hunt includes the same images as in the easier version, plus 9 questions to answer based on the text in the Part 2 scrolling slides. Students are looking for the answers to the questions and the images in the presentation.
    • Includes answer key for the “harder” scavenger hunt. The easy version does not need an answer key.
  • Detailed, pre-filled Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats (2 pages), aligned to:
    • AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
    • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
    • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
  • Lesson tips and tricks (6 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)

41 Whole Class Lesson Slides

Part 1 is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish.

  • Storytime song: “The Shelf Marker Song”
  • American sign language for “award” — includes video links and step-by-step directions for making the signs
  • Introduction to five popular book awards: Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, and Sibert.
  • Discussion also includes examples of awards, winners vs. honors, and gold and silver medal seals, how winners and honors are selected, difficulty in choosing, and award criteria.
  • Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
  • Checkout reminders slide — Add your own reminders!
  • “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.

35 Scrolling Slides

Part 2 is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts.

  • Vocabulary Words of the Week — “accolade” and “kudos”
  • Includes fun facts that go with some of the past award winners. For example, John Henry facts go with Kwame Mbalia’s Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, Grand Canyon trivia to go with Jason Chin’s Grand Canyon, and more.
  • Did you Know questions, Would You Rather questions, This or That questions, True or False question, What Am I question, trivia questions, and this week’s birthdays

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of award-winning books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns an interactive ebook that has audio read-aloud, you could also share how to read or access it through your online catalog or ebook management platform.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire –  C.1. – D.1.
  • Include –  C. 2. – D.2.
  • Collaborate – D.1.
  • Explore – A.1. – C.1

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.5. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.6. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.K.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10.

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Grade Levels

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Lesson Plan Included?

Yes, with AASL Standards

Teaching Duration

2 class periods


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