This week I am celebrating the Golden Archer Award. This is the Wisconsin book award that is given out each year and is voted on by students. This year the nominees for primary grades are The Adventures of Beekle, The Book With No Pictures, Ivan the Remarkable True Story of a Shopping Mall Gorilla, The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House, and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole.
The nice thing about the award is that I share the books with the students and then we have common stories that the whole school knows. We have connections to each other through these stories. The younger students had a fantastic time singing "We're Nuts!" and most students of any age laughed out loud at the page in The Book With No Pictures when they heard the sentence, "My best friend is a hippo named Boo Boo Butt." We looked at each other in puzzlement when Sam, Dave and the dog fell and we were happy for Beekle and Ivan as their lives changed for the better.
I had a great week with my students and these books. Now I just need to tally up the votes and see which book came out as our winner.