Date Approved

5-8-2006

Embargo Period

4-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn

Subject(s)

Caldecott Medal; Elementary school libraries--Book lists

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine elementary library media specialists' perceptions of the usefulness of Caldecott Medal and Honor Award books in the elementary library media center curriculum. The study was conducted to measure the techniques elementary school library media specialists considered the most effective towards increasing student reading and reading choices. A total of 255 people responded to the 11 question survey on SurveyMonkey.com. Of these 255 responses, 250 were used in this research. The majority of respondents stated that their library programs did have written library skill curriculum guides and almost half of the 250 elementary library media specialists stated that their library skill curriculum guides included objectives for teaching Caldecott Medal and Honor Award books. The respondents reported various techniques used to teach using Caldecott Medal and Honor Award books. The majority reported that Caldecott Medal and Honor Award books did motivate students to read more books and to choose literature of higher quality. The results from the survey showed that elementary library media specialists believed that Caldecott Medal and Honor Award books studies was an important addition in the elementary library media curriculum and had a positive influence on students reading and reading choices.

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