Saturday, October 31, 2015


Ruth Ayres has a link-up on weekends where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every week.

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.


  1. I know & love them all but The Nuts! Will look for it, Crystal. You've made a wonderful point; the shared experience for everyone is a powerful community builder! FYI, your link is for last week's celebration. I found you easily, but thought you'd like to know.

  2. I love how these books are building a community of readers in your classroom. Like Linda, I don't know THE NUTS- it sounds like one I definitely want to look for!

  3. NUTS is one book I don't know. The others have brought lot of joy to all of my young reader too. We can always celebrate books, can't we?

  4. Boo Boo Butt sounds like quite a character. Need to look for that book.

  5. Like so many others, I know all these titles except The Nuts - requesting it now. Thanks for the link. I enjoyed looking at the nominations for middle school. Building community through books - a wonderful reason to celebrate!