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Caldecott Hopefuls

January 15, 2015

Each year, there are many fabulous picture books written and illustrated by some very talented people. Choosing the best illustrated book among all those that qualify must be next to impossible. On February second, the Association for Library Service to Children will award the Caldecott Medal to one very lucky illustrator and Honor Medals to several others.

There are certain picture books that have created a buzz in blogs and articles I’ve read in recent months. Below is a list of books that have popped up in many different places as contenders for the Caldecott Medal.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall

Bad Bye, Good Bye written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Johnathan Bean

Blizzard by John Rocco

Draw! by Raúl Colón

Emily’s Blue Period written by Cathleen Daly and illustrated by Lisa Brown

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems written by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Following Papa’s Song by Gianna Marino

Gaston written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Grandfather Gandhi written by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus and illustrated by Evan Turk

Gravity by Jason Chin

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? written by Rita Gray and illustrated by Kenard Pak

Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light

Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse written by Patricia MacLaclan and illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads written by Bob Shea and illustrated by Lane Smith

My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Quest by Aaron Becker

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Sparky! written by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans

Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman

The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo

Viva Frida written by Yuyi Morales and illustrated/photographed by Tim O’Meara

Where’s Mommy? written by Beverly Donofrio and illustrated by Barbara McClintock

This is quite a list of books. Who do you think will win?

 

 

 

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

January 17, 2013

As the announcements of the Caldecott and Newbery Awards approach, I came across the 1948 Caldecott winner. White Snow Bright Snow was written by Alvin Tresselt and illustrated by Roger Duvoisin.

The eighteen inches of snow we had dumped on us days before Christmas has all but disappeared, and I find myself yearning for more of the fluffy white stuff. White Snow Bright Snow is the perfect answer for the winter season. It’s an ideal book to cuddle up with someone special in front of a nice warm fire and read together.

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The book starts with a snow poem, which sets the stage for what is to follow. As the story begins, the postman, the farmer, the policeman and his wife, the children, and even the rabbits are anticipating what is to come. Suddenly, snowflakes appear. The adults deal with the snow in very practical ways, but the children laugh and dance while trying to catch snowflakes on their tongues. During the day and into the night, the snow falls to create a beautiful white landscape as can be seen by Duvoisin’s double-page spread. The next day the children and the rabbits take advantage of the snow, enjoying their time outside. The adults go about their daily chores despite the snow. The snow slowly melts as the story comes to a close. “…the smell of wet brown earth filled the warm air.” When the children see the first robin, they know spring has arrived.

Tresselt’s lyrical language found throughout the story adds to the beauty of the book. And Roger Duvoisin’s use of bright red and yellow make the pages sparkle against the more subdued background colors. The team of Tresselt and Duvoisin make this book a classic.

I eagerly anticipate the new Caldecott Award winner and Caldecott Honor books.

Enjoy these snowy picture books:

Snow written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Lauren Stringer

The Snowy Day written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats

Snow written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz

Over and Under the Snow written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Snowballs written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Oh! written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes

A Perfect Day written and illustrated by Carin Berger

Katy and the Big Snow written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton

Cheers, Chairs, and ALL THE WORLD

May 25, 2012

The world is smaller than you think. Look around. More often than not, there is someone or something that sparks a light of familiarity from another time or place.

Last weekend we attended UW-Madison graduation and spent time celebrating on the Memorial Union Terrace, overlooking Lake Mendota. We sat in the famous “sunburst” chairs as we raised our cups to give cheers to the graduate.

“Mendota Blue” Sunburst Chair

This week I began book inventory in our school library. I reshelved the book, All the World, written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Caldecott Honor medalist, Marla Frazee. There is one particular double-page spread I take special pride in pointing out to students. Marla Frazee created an illustration of a café with sunburst chairs and tables – chairs and tables exactly like those on the Wisconsin Union Terrace.

In this beautiful book, whether you know it or not, a familiar part of Wisconsin has been represented. It’s a small world after all!


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