This year’s Caldecott Award announcement was the biggest news of all the awards announced this year. Why? Because Jerry Pinkney finally won the Caldecott Medal! His books have won awards and honors for years, but this one major award kept eluding him until now. I was literally bouncing up and down as I shared the news. His winning book is:
The Lion & the Mouse. If you flip the book over, you see the mouse on the back cover. It is a wordless retelling of Aesop’s fable in a modern setting. I don’t have a copy here to look at as I type– all five are checked out– but I believe he dedicated this book to his first great-granddaughter. What perfect timing!
Two Caldecott Honor Books were named this year:
All the World by Liz Garton, illustrated by Marla Frazee
The whole book (by the author of A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes) can be read as a poem, with words that lead from the small and specific (“Body, shoulder, arm, hand”) to greater wholes. The pictures complement the text, alternately zooming in on a couple of people or pulling back to show the entire landscape. Plus, in purely personal terms, I have to love any book with both a farmers’ market and a harpist.
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela, also features poetry and a love of nature. The senses are used to explore the seasons of the year.
Right now, the latest award winners are on display in front of the children’s desk at Bolingbrook. We would be happy to help you find any you want to read.