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Caldecott and Newbery Guidelines

The Caldecott/Newbery Challenge at Tarver Elementary School involves children reading books which have received the Caldecott Medal for outstanding illustrations or the Newbery Medal for outstanding story.

Each challenge will begin when a student and parent sign a contract stating the child’s intent to begin and finish a long-term reading goal.  Second graders through fifth graders may sign the contract to begin reading the Caldecott books.  They have until the end of fifth grade to complete the Caldecott Challenge.  At the end of the reading period, a medal will be awarded to the student at an end of the year school assembly, in the student’s classroom, or on Tarver News.  At the end of the year, students that have reached a challenge* goal will be invited to have a treat in the library with Mrs. Wilson.  During this special time with Mrs. Wilson, students will discuss the illustrations and content of these award-winning titles.  A bronze-colored medal will be awarded to those students who have read between 31-41 books.  A silver-colored medal will be awarded to those students who have read between 42-51 books.  Students who read 52 or more books will be awarded a gold-colored medal.  At the present time, there are 76 books in the Caldecott collection; a new book is added each year.  The Caldecott Silver honor books are not included in the Challenge.

Third, fourth and fifth graders may sign the contract to begin reading the Newbery books.  They have until the end of fifth grade to work on their Newbery Challenge.  A medal will be awarded at an end of the year school assembly, in the student’s classroom, or on Tarver News.  A medal will be awarded to those students who have read between 10-13 books.  A silver-colored medal will be awarded to those students who have read between 14-17 books.  A gold-colored medal will be awarded to those students who have read 18 or more books.  At the present time, there are 91 books in the Newbery collection.  A new book is added each year and none of the Newbery honor books are included in the Challenge.

Once a contract is signed and returned to the school, a record-keeping card is kept on file in the library.  After reading a book, a short report is completed.  These reports can be obtained from the library.  Parents sign the report and the student turns the report in to the library.  The completion of the book report with parent verification is acceptable for any books read prior to the Challenge. 

Please note that medals are made of cast metal.  They are a copy of the actual Caldecott or Newbery medals.  The medal hangs from a ribbon which may be worn around the neck.  If your child signed up for the challenge in a previous year, he/she need not re-register unless he/she is moving on to the next challenge.

We hope that the above guidelines will encourage children to set a long-term goal, strive to achieve it, and enjoy reading along the way. 

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