Book Awards Library Lesson -- Caldecott Newbery


This library lesson introduces the Youth Media Book Awards to elementary students! Includes five awards: Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, and Sibert. Also includes fun facts, trivia, and more! Editable.

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**January 26, 2021–Updated to include the 2021 Award Winners!

This product is a combination of Digital Storytime and Digital Bulletin Board. Many elementary librarians have been purchasing both the Digital Storytimes and Digital Bulletin Boards for each weekly theme. Combining them into one product saves you money and time. I’ve covered all grades here, from K-6.


See all my Digital Storytimes for Grades K-2

See all my Digital Bulletin Boards for Grades 3-7

See all my Digital Bulletin Boards for Grades 7+


See a demo of one of my Digital Storytimes here. (YouTube link)


This K-6 library lesson will save you so much time! Everything you need to teach elementary students about five book awards is included here. You just add the read-aloud(s) of your choice.


Needed to open and editGoogle™ Slides OR PowerPoint; ability to open PDF documents

Recommended for GradesK-6


  • 72-slide PPT + Google™ Slides–all text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use. The first 26 slides are whole class discussion slides, which are great to introduce students to book awards, examples of awards, winners and honors, gold and silver medal seals, guessing the winners, why choosing might be difficult, that people don’t always agree on the winners, and criteria for five awards.
  • Includes the following book awards: Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, and Sibert. Updated for 2021!
  • 44 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
  • All 17 recommended books in the presentation are also listed on a separate “Recommended Reads” list. The list is great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for award-winning K-6 books. All titles were selected specifically for Grades K-6 and received positive professional reviews for use with Grades K-6.
  • Detailed explanation of how I have used themed library lessons like this one for storytime on the “Specials” rotation. (10 pages, PDF)
  • Google™ Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PPT slide timings for digital bulletin boards (2 pages, PDF)
  • Detailed prep instructions and lesson plan (2 pages)


26 Class Discussion Slides Include:

  • original storytime song
  • sign language slide and how-to link (“award”)
  • discussion of five popular book awards: Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, and Sibert. Discussion also includes why we give awards, what awards are for, criteria, who chooses, and why might it be difficult to choose.
  • Every slide in the presentation is illustrated with brightly-colored, high-resolution clipart and photos for K-6.


Digital Bulletin Board Slides include:

  • 44 slides for Grades K-6
  • Includes facts that go with the award winners: John Henry (goes with Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky), Grand Canyon trivia (to go with Jason Chin’s Grand Canyon), Transcontinental Railroad (accompanies Floca’s Locomotive), and more.
  • 17 visual booktalks; includes 7 picture books, 7 fiction novels, and 2 nonfiction/biographies, and 1 graphic novel.
  • 1 “Did you Know” and 1 “Fun Fact”
  • 1 True/False slide with answer (2 slides)
  • 3 “Would you rathers?” and 1 “This or That?” (4 slides)
  • “What am I?” (clues about a location’s identity–2 slides)
  • 4 trivia questions with answers (8 slides)
  • vocabulary words: accolade and kudos
  • this week’s birthdays


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20% off $100 Discount
30% off $150 or more