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Hillcrest Media/Digital Literacy

Mrs. Tricia Sutton is the Media Education Specialist. In Media Literacy, students learn about the parts of a book and how to take care of our books. We learn about fiction and non-fiction and how to find books in the library. We also learn how to find facts in books. We look at different genres, such as fairy tales and biographies and learn about many different book awards. We learn about the role of the author, illustrator, and publisher. We also learn how to use many different research resources: online websites, online encyclopedias, iPad apps and nonfiction books. But more than anything else, we learn how to find books we love!

Check out OPALS, our library catalog to see all the great books we have. 

In Digital Literacy class, student learn how to use the keyboard and mouse to navigate through websites. We learn how to go on the internet safely, how to find information, and how to be responsible cyber citizens. We learn how to use applications like Sonic Pics and Powerpoint to make presentations of what we learn. We even learn the foundations of coding using our Beebot robots and all the fun games on www.code.org! 

 Your child's Media Literacy class is always held on the same day of the cycle: either A, B, C, D, E or F. Please try to keep track of when that letter day falls each week--letter days are listed on the weekly HSA newsletter, Students may take out 1 book if they are in Kindergarten and 2 books if they are in 1st or 2nd grade. They must return their books each week in order to check out a new library book.

Library Volunteers are a vital part of a great library program. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me at patricia.sutton@msdk12.net and let me know what times and dates you would like to come in. 

Hillcrest students in STEM lab

Book Awards



This prestigious award is given  annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. 



The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


Theodore Seuss Geisel

Given annually to the most distinguished book for beginning readers published in the USA.


Coretta Scott King

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  


Garden State Children's Book Awards

One of the very few awards in which the children choose their favorite books in four categories: Easy Reader, Fiction, Fiction Series, and Nonfiction. We will be voting right before winter break. Winners are announced in the spring.

Pura Belpre Award

The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.


Sibert Award

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.