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! ---->
The 2019-2020 Red Clovers:
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. https://www.michaarcher.com/ Click on title in left column.
Author Annette Bay Pimentel interviews girls about running: http://www.annettebaypimentel.com/book-trailers-nonfiction-picture-books/
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. https://boston10kforwomen.com/2019/10/bobbi-gibb-to-be-official-starter/ 10 Oct 2019
The Wall in the Middle of the Book - Links
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_zeRNiEot8
Jon Agee's website: http://jonagee.com/
20 Questions with Jon: Q & A with Jon Agee
Counting On Katherine - Links
NASA Video awarding Katherine Johnson the Presidential Honor of Freedom [3-4 min] https://youtu.be/bLgzHutK1wo
Previous Years Red Clover Awesome Resources & Links
Resources & Links for the 2018-2019 Red Clover Nominees
BARNES, DERRICK. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Illustrated by Gordon C. James.
CORDELL, MATTHEW. Wolf in the Snow.
DAYWALT, DREW. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors. Illustrated by Adam Rex.
DEEDY, CARMEN AGRA. The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin.
JOHN, JORY. The Bad Seed. Illustrated by Pete Oswald.
LUYKEN, CORRINA The Book of Mistakes.
MARTIN, JACQUELINE BRIGGS & LE, JUNE JO. Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix. Illustrated by Man One.
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.
Resources & Links for the 2017-2018 Red Clover Books
Daniel Finds A Poem
- Author/Illustrator Micha Archer's Website Daniel Finds a Poem Complete Reading of Book
- Discovering the Concept of Poetry with Daniel Finds a PoemInteractive Sites for Education- Poetry
- 12 Best Poetry Websites KidsNational Gallery of Art: Kids Collage Maker
- Quick Song - start about 1.5 min in60 Minutes: The Recyclers: From trash comes triumph [13:00]
- Documentary: Landfill Harmonic [25:00]
Resources & LInks for the 2016-2017 Red Clover Books
Rufus the Writer, by Elizabeth Bram and illustrated by Chuck Groenink
Out of the Woods, by Rebecca Bond
- Publisher's Website - illustration slide show See resources on Mrs. S RC site above
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
- Book Trailer See activities on Mrs. S's RC page
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
- WINNIE THE BEAR - Fort Garry Horse MuseumSecrets of Nature 1930 "Hold All" 2:45 sec a quick image of Winniepeg
- Remembering the Real WinnieThe Real Toys of Christopher RobinWinnie The Pooh Theme Song / Video
- I'm Just a Little Black Rain Cloud - song/videoBrief video excerpts from the animated Winnie The Pooh
The Blue Whale, by Jenni Desmond
- National Geographic: Blue Whale
- Use Thinglink to label a picture of a blue whale.
- A collection of whale sound effects. More information on whale songs.
Glamourpuss, by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by David Small
- Click here for a safeshare link to an interview of Sarah Weeks.
- Watch this adorable, short Animal Planet video on a dog who befriends a litter of kittens.
- Read a few stories from the Scholastic book Animal BFFs- Five Minute True Stories
Raindrops Roll, by April Pulley Sayre
- Play this fun, interactive on the water cycle
- U.S. Geological Survey water cycle diagram
- SGS interactive water cycle diagram (Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels)
Resources & Links for the 2015-2016 Red Clover Books
Click for -->Red Clover Award's Website
My Grandfather's Coat, by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Barbara McClintock
Miss Brooks' Story Nook, by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley
- Book Trailer
- Miss Brooks Loves Books [And I Don't] - Video Read Aloud of prequel to Red Clover Book
- Author Website: Barbara Bottner - Look for song about Billy Toomey
- Illustrator's Website
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas, by Lynne Cox, illustrated by Brian Floca
- Memories of Avon River's Sea Elephant
- The Indianapolis Public Library Kids Blog - Resources on Elizabeth Queen of the Seas
Ssh! We Have a Plan, by Chris Haughton
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
- Link to The Classroom Bookshelf Activity Webpage
- Paul B. Janeczko's Website Sounds like "Janesko"
- Melissa Sweet's Website
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, by Torben Kuhlmann, translated by Suzanne Levesque
- Author's Website & Book Trailer
- Book Trailer - You Tube
- Spirit of St.Louis - Smithsonian
- Spirit of St. Louis
- FoldnFly paper airplane tutorial
- Educator's Guide from North South
Blizzard, by John Rocco
- Book Trailer
- Boston Blizzard of 2015 - Elapsed Time video [2:40]
- Ready.gov - Kids Emergency Preparedness Activities
- Smithsonian Zoo - Tian Tian in the Snow / Blizzard 2016
Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold, by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen.
- Educator's Guide from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Author's Website
- The Classroom Bookshelf - blogger with more activity ideas
- Beth's Stilborn's Book Blog Perfect Picture Book Fridays
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos, by Stephanie Roth Sisson
- Author's Website--View the book online
- Brief book review video from TTPN
- Voyager, 35 Years Later [2:29] NASA.gov
- Voyager in Interstellar Space: This Week in Nasa Sept, 2013. [3:56] Listen to the first 50 seconds.
- Pluto in a Minute: 50 Years of Imaging [1:36] * good summary of voyager with images
- Voyager: The Grand Tour [17:53]
- Voyager - CineSpace 2015 Video Finalist: [7:45] from NASA.gov
I'm My Own Dog, by David Ezra Stein
- Jessica's Daily Affirmation [0;49]
- Storytime Guide from Children's Book Week
- Story Kit from Candlewick Press
- Literacy Activities from ILA
- Interview with David Ezra Stein [text]
Resources and Links for the 2014-15 Red Clover Books
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
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.
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
The Mighty Lalouche, by Matthew Olshan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Papa's Mechanical Fish, by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors, by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
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.
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, by Bob Shea
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
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