The Caldecott Cabin, Where Art Meets Literature

$10.00 / week

Students gather each week to read and discuss books that won the Caldecott Medal, studying the artwork before creating their own drawings in the same style! We will read the selected books in their entirety, enjoying the story it conveys in both words and pictures. After we read, study, and discuss, we will draw! Classtime is devoted to studying the ways God gifts authors and illustrators, building a community, and discussing the story from a biblical perspective.


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  • STARTS: Apr 4, 2023
  • MEETING FREQUENCY: One Time Every Week
  • LIVE CLASSES: Tuesdays 02:45 PM - 03:25 PM
  • TEACHER: Ali Marie
  • CALENDAR: View Entire Calendar


Is it artwork or literature?

Well, it’s both when it comes to the Caldecott winners. The Caldecott Medal, given annually to the artist of an American picture book for children, acknowledges artwork as being excellent in technique and of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept. We will come together as a community of readers to BEGIN READING EACH BOOK TOGETHER. We will read the selected books in their entirety, enjoying the story it conveys in both words and pictures. After we read, study, and discuss, we will draw! Students should be prepared with drawing paper, pencils, colored pencils, markers, and even watercolor paint. Classtime is devoted to studying the ways God gifts authors and illustrators, building a community, and discussing the story from a biblical perspective.

In each class, students will:

1. read and discuss the book with the instructor and other students in a large group.
2. reflect on how stories told in both words and pictures reveal elements of humanity or the world in which we live from a biblical perspective.
3. speak aloud and use the chatbox to participate in the conversation.
4. articulate an evaluation of the book and why they think the way they do.
5. study the specific artistic methods used.
6. imitate the artistic methods used in their own drawings.


THERE MAY BE MULTIPLE SECTIONS OF THIS COURSE. If a section is sold out, keep your eye out as students tend to move in and out based on vacations, etc. All sections are on the same book schedule, so you can transfer from one section to another without missing any discussions about books. This course will continue year-round so long as enrollment stays strong; sections may be merged in the summer.

We begin reading the book on the day listed. Students have no homework to do before class.

**Subject to change.**
The week starting Jan 29–The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
The week starting Feb 5–Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
The week starting Feb 12–Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
The week starting Feb 19–Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
The week starting Feb 26–Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick
The week starting Mar 5–The Adventures of Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
The week starting Mar 12–Locomotive by Brian Floca
The week starting Mar 19–This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
The week starting Mar 26–A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
The week starting Apr 2–A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. SteadSept 16–The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
The week starting Apr 9–The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The week starting Apr 16–The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
The week starting Apr 23–My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
The week starting Apr 30–Snowflake Bentley,?Illustrated by Mary Azarian; text by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
The week starting May 7–Officer Buckle and Gloria?by Peggy Rathmann
The week starting May 14–Song and Dance Man, illustrated by Stephen Gammell; text: Karen Ackerman
The week starting May 21–The Polar Express? by Chris Van Allsburg
The week starting May 28–The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice & Martin Provensen
The week starting June 4–Jumanji?by Chris Van Allsburg
The week starting June 11–The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, illustrated by Uri Shulevitz; text: retold by Arthur Ransome
The week starting June 18–Where the Wild Things Are?by Maurice Sendak
The week starting June 25–The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The week starting July 2–Make Way for Ducklings?by Robert McCloskey
The week starting July 9–Watercress by Andrea Wang
The week starting July 16–We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

**At this point, we begin at the top of the list!

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