OSWEGO, NY – Eighteen second graders at Riley Elementary School read 15 Caldecott Award books in January and February to join the Riley Caldecott Club.
On March 9 , they celebrated their achievement with a visit from Lucy, a certified Reading Education Assistant Dog.
Librarian Molly Clark said, “I teach second grade about the Caldecott Award every January, in conjunction with the annual award announcement. This year, I presented the children with the challenge to read 15 Caldecott Award books before the February Break and I am pleased to say that almost one third of our second graders rose to the challenge.”
Children participating in the ceremony and special day with Lucy included Rufus Leo, Brennan Tynan, Olivia Griffiths, Kailsey Watts, Jason Zhang, Ian Kohut, Christopher Cote, Emily Pierce, Abby Smith, Jacob Sledziona, Michael Thorpe, Tyler Mulcahey, Jordan Thurston, Arin Wendt, Mikala Sheffield, Emma Ciappa, Makayla Libbey, and Olivia Wallace.
The 2012 Caldecott Award went to A Ball for Daisy, a wordless book about a dog and her beloved ball, written by Chris Raschka.
“Since the award went to a book about dogs, it seemed like a visit from Lucy was a perfect choice for our celebration.” said Clark.
As part of the visit, Lucy’s owner, Mary Gilbert, taught the children the appropriate way to approach an unfamiliar dog and distributed dog safety information and bookmarks.