I am down to the final five contestants for the Monarch Award. For more Monarch fun, see parts one, two, and three, and see the full list here. I'll be back tomorrow with my top five picks. Then, it's a long wait until the award announcement in March and we'll see just how right (or terribly wrong) I am.
Monarch Round-Up Part Four!
My thoughts: It's a hard boiled (ha!) mystery for the younger crowd, but it runs a little long for the youngest Monarch voters.
My thoughts: This funny story is not only great for read-a-louds but it can also be easily adapted for a simple reader's theatre and retellings. Great for the classroom.
My thoughts: Loved it. My parents have a border collie named Susie and she's wonderful. Dog lovers will adore this book. But kids will likely just think it's okay.
My thoughts: It's a nice book with good facts and a tight plot, but it's not going to stand out against the rest of the field. This is a teacher book that made the list to give a lesson.
My thoughts: This Geisel winner hits the right note. It's accessible for solo reading, it's funny, and it can lead to further stories from the child. Have your reader say why they should eat lima beans, or pot roast, or liver (shudder!).
Odds: 5-1 (I love it for a strong finish!)
And that's how you finish a children's book award list! I have such a feeling of accomplishment right now. Come back tomorrow for my official predictions.