A Jackdaw for the 2013 Caldecott Award / Newbery Award Books

A literary jackdaw is a collection of items about a single book, character, or topic. Like the jackdaw, a crow-like scavenging bird, a literary jackdaw includes a collection of items scavenged to present an allusion to elements connected to the theme of the jackdaw. These items are placed in a box, or other container.  Sometimes the container is actually an item that pertains to the theme of the jackdaw. This jackdaw contains an item to represent the 2013 Newbery and Caldecott winners and honor books -- ten items in total.

Jackdaw Caldecott


This is Not My Hat

1. This is Not My Hat, illustrated and written by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press. 2013 Caldecott Award
The artifact was created with a small black canvas (available in packets of 6 at Michaels). The fish image was printed on photo paper, cut out and affixed to the canvas with a velcro dot -- to give the fish a 3-D effect.

Creepy Carrots

2. Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing Division
The artifact was created by folding a "carrot seed" packet from a printed template. If you would like the template to print you may access it here.

Extra Yarn

3. Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
The artifact was simply yarn wrapped into a small ball.


4. Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and published by Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press
Artifact was created with five different pieces of green material, folded and tied in the same manner as "fat quarters" are folded and tied. Later this material could be used to make a minature quilt.

Sleep Like a Tiger

5. Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue and published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Artifact was made by creating a paper crown and using a piece of tiger print fabric (felt) as a pseudo blanket. Both were then put in a clear box to keep them together.

One Cool Friend

6. One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
Artifact was created by using Duck® Tape (I found the penguin tape at Michaels), using it to decorate a notebook ($1 store, Target, Michaels often have these) and inside putting a label that says "My Book of Cool Friends."

Duck tapeinside book

Newbery Winners

One and Only Ivan

1. The One and Only Ivan written by Katherine Applegate, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers
Ivan earringsThis artifact was purchased from a craftsperson who makes and sells jewelry. The earrings have a pewter gorilla charm and a tiger eye bead. You can find them here.


2. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin and published by Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press.
The artifact to go with this book was a vintage picture of the actual WWII bomb with a puzzle overlay. Cut the puzzle pieces apart and those receiving the jackdaw can "make their own bomb." PDF of the puzzle is here.

Spleanders and Glooms
3. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz and published by Candlewick Press

Splendors and GloomSchlitz sets her story in London in the year 1860. The artifact for this story is a postcard showing a map of 1860 London with the marionettes from the story superimposed onto one corner of the map (pdf file).

Three times Lucky

4. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
The artifact for this book also revolves around the setting. In this case the story is set in the fictional town of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina. This map is an actual road map with the town located and noted. Print the full map on 8 x 11 paper and fold map style (accordian fold then fold in half). Map (pdf file)

Tupelo Landing

Put all the artifacts in a box (or container of any type - if you can match it to the book, characters, or theme in anyway that is best) and present it to the recipient. Use the jackdaw items to make a shadow box for a friend who has authored a book, as a mystery box (guess the book/character), or as a project to "sell" a favorite book.


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