2016 Mock Caldecott and Mock Newbery Winners

All students in grades K-5 participated in the FES Mock Caldecott program at Falmouth Elementary School. Students read 8 picture books that are eligible for the 2016 Caldecott Medal and focused on the illustrations and the artists’ techniques.

Students voted for the book they thought had the best illustrations.

The winner of the 2016 FES Mock Caldecott Award is…

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Trombone Shorty
illustrated by Bryan Collier
written by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
Abrams Books for Young Readers

There were two Honor Books:

the night world

The Night World 
by Mordicai Gerstein
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

the whisper

The Whisper 
by Pamelia Zagarenski
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

 Fourth and fifth grade students in the FES Mock Newbery Book Club voted for the book they thought were “distinguished.”

The winner of the 2016 FES Mock Newbery Award is…

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The War That Saved My Life
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Three books received Mock Newbery Honors:


Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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Paper Things 
by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

roller girl

Roller Girl
by Victoria Jamieson

Visit the Mock Newbery Book Club site for more to see the entire reading list.


The actual Caldecott Medal and Newbery Medal will be announced in Boston at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016. The announcements will be streamed lived online.

It’s November…It’s Picture Book Month!

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It’s Picture Book Month! All month we’ve been celebrating picture books at Falmouth Elementary School.

Mrs. Taylor created a lovely art display featuring favorite picture books from FES teachers.

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Mrs. Wiberg’s 3rd grade students had the opportunity to read The Night World with Mrs. Amolo’s 3rd grade library classes in Georgia via Skype. In addition to celebrating Picture Book Month, the students discussed the art in the book for the Mock Caldecott.

Last week Mrs. Canty’s class and Ms. Burt’s class took part in a Picture Book Smackdown via Google Hangouts. Students connected with author Laurie Ann Thompson and students from Georgia, Texas, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Special thanks to school librarian, Andy Plemmons, from Athens, Georgia for organizing the Picture Book Smackdown for the 3rd year!

Fifth grade students in Miss Wheeler’s class created special Picture Book Month Certificates and shared their favorite picture books with their Kindergarten buddies.

We have set a new record!

Students and staff at FES checked out 43,765 books during the 2014/2015 school year! That is 9,000 more than we checked out in 2011-2012 (our first year in the new building.)

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Here are the top 25 most circulated books at FES this school year.

smile 21) Smile by Raina Telegemeier
157 checkouts
#1 most circulated book at FES for the 4th consecutive year

wimpy kid2) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
84 checkouts

gone fishing3) Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Wissinger
81 checkouts

mr. lemoncello4) Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
77 checkouts
winner of the 2015 Maine Student Book Award

Unknown5) Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
72 checkouts

earthling6) Earthling! by Mark Fearing
72 checkouts

fairy tale comics7) Fairy Tale Comics edited by Chris Duffy
72 checkouts

bully bait8) The Odd Squad: Bully Bait by Michael Fry
71 checkouts


9) The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman
67 checkouts

sisters10) Sisters by Raina Telegmeier
67 checkouts

frog who croaked11) Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
64 checkouts

half a chance12) Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
62 checkouts

pigeon13) The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
62 checkouts

a snicker of magic14) A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
62 checkouts

14th15) The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
61 checkouts

dog days16) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
60 checkouts

the mark of the dragonfly17) The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
59 checkouts
winner of the 2015 FES Mock Newbery Award

rump18) Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff
59 checkouts-
winner of the 2014 FES Mock Newbery Award

bignate19) Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Peirce
58 checkouts

hard luck20) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
57 checkouts

duke21) Duke by Kirby Larson
57 checkouts

big nate on a roll22) Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce
56 checkouts

ivan23) The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
56 checkouts

squish24) Squish No. 5: Game On! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
56 checkouts

jedi academy25) Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
56 checkouts

Scholastic Book Fair

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The book fair will be set up in the FES Library from May 26th- June 1st. Students will visit the book fair with their classes. Families may shop together at the book fair from 5:30-7:00 pm on May 26th. It’s a great time to stock up on books for the summer months! The money earned at the book fair last year was used to fund an author visit, purchase books for the library and for classrooms, purchase two new book carts for the library, and to subscribe to digital resources such as Pebble Go, Pebble Go Next and Tales2Go audio books.

Book Fair Hours

Tues., May 26th 8:30-3:30

Tues., May 26th 5:30-7:00 p.m. Family Night

Wed., May 27th 8:30-4:00

Thu., May 28th 8:30-4:00

Fri., May 29th 8:30-3:30

Mon., June 1st 8:30-2:00

Visit this site for online book fair shopping.

School Library Month


April is School Library Month. School libraries are places for students to learn and grow. School libraries contain print and digital resources that support learning and foster readers and thinkers.

Third grade students at FES created a music video to celebrate reading and libraries.


View a public service announcement for school libraries from Julianne Moore.

World Read Aloud Day 2015



“Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.” (from the Lit World website)

Classes at Falmouth Elementary School celebrated World Read Aloud Day by connecting with authors and other classes across the country.



Ms. Burt’s class had connected with Andy Plemmons’ class in Athens, Georgia. Students had the pleasure of hearing author, Natalie Lloyd read aloud from her middle grade novel, A Snicker of Magic. There was even time for students to ask Natalie some questions about her book.


Mrs. Hartnett’s class Skyped with Shannon Hyman’s 5th grade class in Virginia and shared some of their favorite classroom read aloud from this year, and Mrs. Merrifield’s class read The Day the Crayons Quit with Angie Dickerson’s class in Missouri.

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Mr. Rosenblum’s 5th grade students had the opportunity to Skype with author, Sarah Albee. We learned a lot about her new nonfiction book, Why’d They Wear That, and students had some excellent questions about how Sarah generates ideas, conducts research, and writes nonfiction.

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Mrs. Merrifield’s students read Handle with Care, Beetle Busters, and selected chapters from Citizen Scientists before their Skype visit with nonfiction author, Loree Griffin Burns. Students were interested to learn about the hard work and research that goes into writing nonfiction books.

Thanks you to all of the librarians, teachers and authors across the country who made World Read Aloud Day a success for students at FES!

Kate DiCamillo Author Study


During the month of January classes at FES read books by Kate DiCamillo as part of a school-wide author study. Kate is the author of many books for children including The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, the Mercy Watson series, Bink & Gollie, and Because of Winn-Dixie. She won the Newbery medal for The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses.


Ms. Hughes’ Kindergarten class celebrated Kate DiCamillo by reading and writing about Mercy Watson, eating buttered toast (Mercy’s favorite food), and creating special Mercy Watson headbands.

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Mercy Watson board

Mercy Watson pic

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