Elementary Book Awards - Caldecott Newbery - Library Lesson


This library lesson introduces the Youth Media Book Awards to elementary students! It gives details about five awards: Newbery, Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, and Sibert. Also includes two scavenger hunt activities, a lesson plan aligned to standards, and a list of Recommended Reads.

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**January 25, 2022–Updated to include the 2022 Award Winners!


  • Recommended for: Grades K-5
  • Lesson Duration: 2-3 library lessons (about 75-90 minutes total)
  • Formats: PPT, Google Slides, PDF (you need any two of these)
  • Editable: YES, all text is editable


Yep, I update this every year within a few days of the new awards being announced in January. Once you own it, you get all the updates FREE! All you need to do is re-download the file.


  • 73-slide PPT + Google™ Slides presentation
  • Reading List of Award Winners mentioned in presentation (2 pages)
  • 2 differentiated Scavenger Hunts
  • 2 list of Recommended Reads (same titles, sorted differently)
  • Pre-filled, editable lesson plan template; includes AASL, CCSS, and TEKS standards


  • Description of the following book awards: Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpre, and Sibert.
  • Original storytime song, sign language
  • Introduction to each book award
  • Winners vs. honors
  • Gold and silver medal seals
  • Brief information about who the 5 elementary book awards are named for
  • How winners and honors are selected–taking guesses, difficulty in choosing, and award criteria
  • Examples of a few books that have won each award (includes winners and honors announced in January 2022)
  • fun facts, did you knows, true/false, mystery location
  • 4 trivia questions with answers (8 slides)
  • fun facts to go with some of the award winners (for example, facts about John Henry go with Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky)
  • vocabulary words: accolade and kudos
  • this week’s birthdays
  • All slides contain real photos or colorful artwork


  • 2 pages
  • Pre-filled with what students will do, concepts they will learn, and library skills
  • Includes AASL, CCSS, and TEKS standards for this lesson
  • 100% editable – You can even change the sizes and names of individual boxes.


These two two differentiated scavenger hunt activities will keep students busy after the lesson. Scroll the Part II slides on a screen, and students can use the information and images in the slides to complete the scavenger hunt activity of their choice.

  • 2 differentiated scavenger hunts
  • “Easier” scavenger hunt is for students who are not yet reading; students color the objects as they see them in Part II of the book awards presentation
  • “Harder” scavenger hunt includes the same images as in the easier version, plus nine questions to answer based on the text in the Part II slides. Students are looking for the answers to the questions and the images in the presentation.
  • Includes answer key for the “Harder” scavenger hunt. Easy version does not need an answer key.


This is a separate document editable in PowerPoint or PDF. It’s great to hand out to teachers and students! Or, print the list on the back of the scavenger hunts to send home to parents.

  • 2 pages, 28 book award titles
  • You can edit the titles to suit your library
  • The titles on the two pages are the same, but they are sorted differently on each page. One page sorts by fiction, nonfiction, and picture book. The other sorts by award.

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