This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with TeachingBooks.net. Subscribe to this free newsletter here.
Would you like to listen to this year’s award-winning authors and illustrators on their inspirations and influences? In this post, enjoy brief TeachingBooks.net recordings with the 2011 John Newbery, Randolph Caldecott, Michael L. Printz, Robert F. Sibert, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré, and Theodor Seuss Geisel medalists.
In addition, you can explore our comprehensive collection of online materials about the books honored by the American Library Association in January 2011.
These resources will allow you to:
- Learn about the books voted “the best” by your colleagues
- Access quality teaching materials about these titles
- Integrate multimedia resources into your reading and library activities with:
- Video and audio interviews
- Websites, blogs, and author pronunciation audio guides
- Ready-to-use discussion questions
- Excerpts from audiobooks
Listen to Clare Vanderpool, 2011 Newbery Medalist, explain how maps, “true places,” and concepts of home influenced her writing of Moon Over Manifest (Random House).
Explore resources on TeachingBooks.net for all of the books recognized by the 2011 Newbery committee.
Listen to Erin E. Stead, 2011 Caldecott Medalist, discuss the woodblock prints she created to illustrate Philip C. Stead’s A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Roaring Brook).
Listen to David Ezra Stein, 2011 Caldecott Honoree, chuckle as he tells the knock-knock joke that inspired his book Interrupting Chicken (Candlewick).
Explore resources on TeachingBooks.net for all of the books recognized by the 2011 Caldecott committee.
Listen to Sy Montgomery, 2011 co-recipient of the Sibert Informational Book Award, on the fascinating story behind Kakapo Rescue (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), photographed by Nic Bishop.
Explore resources on TeachingBooks.net for all of the books recognized by the 2011 Sibert committee.
Listen to Rita Williams-Garcia, 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Winner and 2011 Newbery Honoree, discuss how her childhood memories of the Black Panthers inspired her to write One Crazy Summer (HarperCollins).
Listen to Bryan Collier, 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Award Illustrator Winner and 2011 Caldecott Honoree, as he reflects on an image he created for Laban Carrick Hill’s Dave the Potter (Little Brown).
Read Bryan Collier’s Behind the Books column on illustrating Laban Carrick Hill’s Dave the Potter.
Explore resources on TeachingBooks.net for all of the books recognized by the 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Award committee.
Listen to Paolo Bacigalupi, 2011 Printz Award Winner, explain how his desire to write a high-adventure novel on sustainability topics resulted in Ship Breaker (Little Brown).
Explore resources on TeachingBooks.net for all of the books recognized by the 2011 Printz committee.
Listen to Pam Muñoz Ryan, 2011 Pura Belpré Author Award Winner, reveal how a trip to Chile eventually led her to write The Dreamer (Scholastic).
Read Pam Muñoz Ryan’s Behind the Books column on writing The Dreamer.
Listen to Eric Velasquez, 2011 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner, disclose the details of how his childhood experiences inspired Grandma’s Gift (Bloomsbury).
Explore resources on TeachingBooks.net for all of the books recognized by the 2011 Pura Belpré committee.
Listen to Tony Fucile, co-recipient of the 2011 Geisel Award, discuss how his background as an animator influenced his computer-generated illustrations for Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee’s Bink & Gollie (Candlewick).
Explore resources on TeachingBooks.net for all of the books recognized by the 2011 Geisel committee.
Listen to excerpts from the Odyssey Award audio books, including the 2011 winner, The True Meaning of Smekday (produced by Listening Library, the book written by Adam Rex and narrated by Bahni Turpin).
Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net