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  • 2015 Wanda Gág Read Aloud BookSamDaveDigHole Award

    Sam & Dave Dig a Hole written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, and published by Candlewick Press, 2014.

    Have you ever dreamed of finding something spectacular? The story of Sam and Dave begins when they decide to look for buried treasure in their own backyard. The boys begin digging and bring their dog along to help. For a long time, they dig straight down and then decide to dig in a different direction which causes them to just miss the something spectacular. Their next plan is to split up and dig in opposite directions to help increase their chances of finding the treasure. After a long day of digging, Sam and Dave decide to take a rest but their very clever dog decides to keep digging. Soon they are all falling and it is up to the reader to decide whether or not Sam and Dave really have discovered something spectacular.

    This book was extremely successful with young children. The students nudged closer to the book, laughed spontaneously, and asked for the story to be read again. While having the book read to them, children could not help but try to tell the characters which direction to dig. One reader stated, “I have never seen or heard so much laughter and smiling faces when reading a book to children.”

    Mac Barnett is a bestselling author of over 18 children’s books. Both of his collaborations with Jon Klassen, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, were selected as Caldecott honor books. Barnett lives in Berkeley, CA. Jon Klassen has written and illustrated numerous children’s books. His book, This is Not My Hat, won the Caldecott award and the Kate Greenaway medal. Klassen is from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and now lives in Los Angeles, CA. (ASHLEY LORENTZ AND PAM WERRE)