Let’s Talk Caldecott

It’s always fun to speculate, and this year there are some great contenders. As we start counting down the days until the big announcement, I have to admit, I have Caldecott on the brain. Here is a bit of what I’ve been thinking about.

questfloraFirst of all, I have to mention these follow-ups to last year’s Caldecott honor titles: Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle and Quest by Aaron Becker. Each of these wordless stories has a way of capturing readers’ imaginations. Flora and her penguin will charm and delight young readers, and Quest will excite readers looking for adventure. Will they have a chance of winning a medal or honor? Perhaps!

Some of the other contenders have been on the blog throughout the year. Here’s what we had to say about them:

  • Tracey wrote about Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood in this post about Good-byes to Friends.   It is a lovely book with strong illustrations.
  • Ryan included Maple by Lori Nichols in his post about trees. He said, “This is a very sweet story about appreciating nature and sibling relationships.”
  • Maureen highlighted two biographies of Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and one of them has been included on some Mock Caldecott lists. I, for one, would love to see Peter Sis’ The Pilot and the Little Prince win this year.

threebearsWe have not yet blogged about Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman, which stood out as an early contender and has been included on many Mock Caldecott lists. Those who know David Soman from the Ladybug Girl series might be surprised to find something quite different in this book. It is the story of three young bears on a journey to replace their mother’s treasured blue shell. They broke it as they were reaching for the honey pot. The three bears travel across the sea in search of the replacement shell. The story has the feeling of an epic (though it’s only 40 pages), and the art is really striking. Take a peek:

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What 2014 picture books have stood out to you as Caldecott contenders?

 

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