Second graders at LC participate annually in a Caldecott reading challenge. This is a great way for me to share information about the Caldecott Medal and give kids the opportunity to focus on award winning books across the years. It also gives them a glimpse into the GKCReading program that 3rd graders in the Kansas City area read. After an introduction about the Caldecott Medal, the kids read 12 Caldecott winning books of their choice. We pull all of our Caldecott winners and have them on a cart only available for our second graders. We have so many kids reading that I also let our local public library know when the program will start so they can gather more books from their branches. To celebrate our reading, we have a good old fashioned milk and cookie party.