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The Red Clover Picture Book Award


Our students read and study the 10 best picture books of the year, selected by VT teachers and librarians. These books are enjoyed by our HPES students in grades K-4, and students vote for their favorite book each spring.


Last year, over 18,000 VT elementary students voted for their favorite book:


Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt


Vermont's Picture Book Award

Click the links inside the slide show to connect to author and illustrator links, book trailers, activities and more! ---->

Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon - Links

Illustrated by Micha Archer, who also illustrated Daniel Writes a Poem . Click on this title [GIRL RUNNING] and browse through the pages on screen. Notice the alternative cover. Click on title in left column.

Publisher’s Website:

Author Annette Bay Pimentel interviews girls about running:

Author’s Website

The Girl Who Ran - Sculpture Project by the 26.2 Foundation - great images to scroll through. Note: we are using for information, not soliciting donations.

Image Below: Reebok Boston, 10K for Women. 10 Oct 2019

The Wall in the Middle of the Book - Links

Book Trailer:

Jon Agee's website:

20 Questions with Jon: Q & A with Jon Agee

Previous Years Red Clover Awesome Resources & Links

Resources & Links for the 2018-2019 Red Clover Nominees

Red Clover Kahoot 2018-2019

BARNES, DERRICK. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Illustrated by Gordon C. James.

Book Trailer

CORDELL, MATTHEW. Wolf in the Snow.

Book Trailer - Matthew Cordell

DAYWALT, DREW. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. Illustrated by Adam Rex.

Book Trailer - Scholastic

DEEDY, CARMEN AGRA. The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin.

Short Read Aloud / Summary 5min

JOHN, JORY. The Bad Seed. Illustrated by Pete Oswald.

Book Trailer - Harper Collins

LUYKEN, CORRINA The Book of Mistakes.

MARTIN, JACQUELINE BRIGGS & LE, JUNE JO. Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix. Illustrated by Man One.

Kogi Food Truck Menu

MESSNER, KATE. Over and Under the Pond. Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.

SANTAT, DAN. After the Fall.

YOUSAFZAI, MALALA. Malala’s Magic Pencil. Illustrated by Kerascoet.

Book Trailer, Puffin Books


Resources & Links for the 2017-2018 Red Clover Books

Daniel Finds A Poem

Ada's Violin


Resources & LInks for the 2016-2017 Red Clover Books

Mrs. Scrimgeour's Awesome Red Clover Webpage

Rufus the Writer, by Elizabeth Bram and illustrated by Chuck Groenink

Out of the Woods, by Rebecca Bond

Grandaddy's Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box, by Michael S. Bandy & Eric Stein, illustrated by James E. Ransome

We Forgot Brock! by Carter Goodrich

Mango, Abuela & Me by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Meet The Dullards, by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss

The Blue Whale, by Jenni Desmond

Glamourpuss, by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by David Small

Raindrops Roll, by April Pulley Sayre


Resources & Links for the 2015-2016 Red Clover Books

Click for -->Red Clover Award's Website

An amazing collection of Red Clover ideas from my friend Carol Scrimgour, who teaches in Essex, VT

Red Clover 2015-2016 Pinterest by Shannon Thompson

RED CLOVER JEOPARDY 15-16Kahoot Red Clover Review 2015-16

My Grandfather's Coat, by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

Miss Brooks' Story Nook, by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas, by Lynne Cox, illustrated by Brian Floca

Ssh! We Have a Plan, by Chris Haughton

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, by Torben Kuhlmann, translated by Suzanne Levesque

Blizzard, by John Rocco

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold, by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen.

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos, by Stephanie Roth Sisson

I'm My Own Dog, by David Ezra Stein


Resources and Links for the 2014-15 Red Clover Books

Red Clover Jeopardy

The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Students practiced persuasive writing, as they selected a crayon to save and a identified a reason to save it. Their writing was displayed in a bar-graph format on our Save Our Crayons wall.

Save the Crayon Day! 9/30/14 a PDF of activities from the publisher Penguin

A packet of activities from RIF

How Crayola Makes Crayons Video [0:2:22 min] The Life of an American Crayon

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown

Students identified behaviors that were "proper" and those that are "wild", as we discussed the time and place for each. We viewed a video of author/illustrator Peter Brown about the creative process used in this book.

You Tube video with author/illustrator Peter Brown, discussing the art process

PDF of fun activities from Peter Brown's Studio

The First Drawing, by Mordicai Gerstein


Students viewed drawings from the Chauvet Cave online via the links below. Students practiced cave drawings using crumpled brown paper, chalk, and crayon.

Mordicai Gerstein's Website

View the cave online at Cave Art Paintings at the Chauvet Cave

A 7 minute video excerpt from Cave of Forgotten Dreams

15 Slides of the Lascaux Cave [d1940] Life Magazine Cave Photos

Writing Example from the Lascaux Cave

The Matchbox Diaries, by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

PDF of activities from the publisher Candlewick

Paul Fleischman's Matchbox Theatre YouTube

Paul Fleischman's Website

The Mighty Lalouche, by Matthew Olshan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Sophie Blackall's Website

Make your own trading cards with BigHugeLabs

Papa's Mechanical Fish, by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Information about Lodner Phillips

News Article: Discovering his Submarine

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors, by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

National Library of Medicine - Elizabeth Blackwell Exhibit

Tanya Lee Stone's website


A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Here's a picture of Mrs. Bryce with the illustrator of this book Melissa Sweet, and Jen Bryant the author from the School Library Association National Conference, in Hartford, November 2013.


More links from Carol & Kate's RC site


Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, by Bob Shea

Book Trailer

Thumbprint Artist Ed Emberley's Website


Eat Like a Bear, by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins


Red Clover Books [K-4] 2013-14


We study these books, looking at character, setting, theme, and both author and illustrator craft. We learn new and rich vocabulary and cement our learning with fun projects. I will list a quick description of our activity as we complete each book. Stay tuned. More information can be found at the Red Clover Book Award


Each Kindness - Students reflected ways to show kindness to others by adding their thoughts to a large bowl, as students dropped stones into another bowl of water, to see their kindnesses ripple out reaching others. A wonderful story to begin the year full of empathy for others while raising awareness that their words have impact on others. [Character ed, empathy, welcoming new classmates]


Brother's at Bat - Students handled primary sources that Mrs. Bryce obtained from the Baseball Hall of Fame and passed around a baseball with multiple autographs which was a gift to her children from her cousin's husband who was on the famous 1975 Red Sox team and World Series. Students answered questions about key details of this non-fiction book in small groups, and watched a video clip of this "longest-playing all-brother" baseball team from the 1940's. [Teamwork, positive attitude, biography]


The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau - This persistent artist did not give up despite strong criticism of his naive style of painting. Using primary sources, students viewed his rich paintings of jungles and wild animals which he painted from the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, never stepping foot in an actual jungle. [Biography, persistence]


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs - Students compared and contrasted key details from multiple versions of the classic tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The folktale genre and story structure was explored during the study of this book. [Compare and contrast key ideas and details]


One Cool Friend - What if the penguin you brought home from the aquarium was a real penguin? The illustrations were not always congruent with the text, providing a great deal of humor. Students made a penguin for our "Chill out with a cool book" display. We also compared illustrator David Small's works in other books with this book. [Author and illustrator craft]


Lemonade in Winter - Students practiced money math in this book about two children who ran a lemonade and limeade stand during winter. We enjoyed a taste of lemon-lime ade. [Money math, senses]


Infinity - What is infinity? Before the story, students completed this quick pre-assessment. After the story, students shared their new understandings. [Math, visual imagery]


Monsieur Marceau - Written by Vermont author Leda Schubert, this book reveals the life of the most famous mime performer in the world. Students viewed a video clip of Winooski's St. Xavier School during their whole school event focused on this book that was broadcasted on WCAX. Then they learned a few tips to silently convey a message. [History, art, biography, overcoming obstacles]

Looking at Lincoln - Who was this president? The main character studies this president, identifying key events of his presidency, gently explaining the issues that led to the Civil War, and celebrating his famous speech, The Gettysburg Address. [History, biography, presidents]

The World's Greatest Lion - The story behind the MGM Lion named Zamba, who was kind and gentle, and starred in many movies several decades ago.

2013-14 Red Clover 13-14

Red Clover Review Jeopardy 13-14

Monsieur Marceau: WCAX Video: St. Xavier 2nd Graders, Winooski, VT

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau: Interactive Jungle by National Gallery of Art Kids


Red Clover Books [K-4] 2012-13

We study these books, looking at character, setting, theme, and both author and illustrator craft. We learn new and rich vocabulary and cement our learning with fun projects. Next to each book is a quick description of our activity.

Neville : Colored our names to match us, as the illustrator technique in this book.

Blackout : Discussed safety during a power outage, timed in connection with Hurricane Sandy.

Three By the Sea : Compare/Contrast of this story with Pumpkin Soup by character, setting, theme and more.

Balloons Over Broadway: The story of the real puppeteer of Macy's Parade : Made balloon puppets, studied history of parade. Shadow puppet show.

The Princess and the Pig : Trivia game - can you guess the folk or fairy tale that is like this scene?

Me...Jane : Biography study, watched an interview with Jane Goodall from National Geographic online.

All The Water in the World : Story Walk - students painted waves and decorated the text that is displayed down the hallway. Learned facts about our fresh water supply.

Swirl by Swirl : Hands on exploration of swirls- fibonacci sequence, shells, pinecones, flowers, ferns and images on the whiteboard.

Grandpa Green : Green dot art elephants, as the illustrator technique in this book. Elephants are on display in the library

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