Students who read 3 or more nominated books may vote in February. They will receive extra credit for each RICBA ratings sheet they submit (either in person or online); it asks them to record what the book was about and how they felt about it. To give everyone a head start, I'll be reading two nominees to each class.
I started with Trombone Shorty, written by Troy Andrews and illustrated by Bryan Collier. Here's the book trailer:
Most kids enjoyed the story; here are some reasons they gave:
- He was determined. He didn't give up.
- It makes you just want to dance.
- He stood out and didn't hide back his talent.
- I liked it because it was an autobiography. I liked the illustrations too.
- He was so good at the trombone, and he was so small.
- He likes music and so do I.
- I thought it was interesting how he found the trombone and got to play with [Bo Diddley's] band.
- It shows that if you are short, you can still do anything you want to.
During checkout, I played part of a video from Trombone Shorty's web site. One student said, "Now he's Trombone Biggie!" Below the video embed, you'll see a photo of some VERY enthusiastic 5th graders air-banding along with the show.