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Book Awards Digital Library Lesson


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten through 6th grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 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 2022 Award Winners! Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!

Needed to open and editGoogle Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

This lesson has 72 slides, and it includes:

  • 72-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 26 slides are for the lesson and/or class discussion.
    • 42 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All award-winning books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list.
    • The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for high-quality, award-winning elementary level books.
    • All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews.
  • Detailed explanation of how to use themed library lessons like this one for story time on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)

26 Whole Class Lesson Slides include:

  • Original storytime song slide – “The Shelf Marker Song”
  • Sign language slide and how-to sign link – “award”
  • 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.
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos, including students with diverse skin tones.

42 Scrolling Slides include:

  • Vocabulary words: 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.
  • 1 “Did you Know” and 1 “Fun Fact”
  • 1 True/False slide with answer
  • 3 “Would you rathers?” and 1 “This or That?” question slides
  • “What am I?” with clues to guess a location’s identity
  • 4 Trivia question slides with answers
  • 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. – D.3.
  • Include – B.1. – C. 2. – D.2.
  • Collaborate – D.1.
  • Explore – A.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.10. – 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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