Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Caldecott Medal and Honor Books - Some Initial Thoughts

Yesterday the ALA announced the winners of the Randalph Caldecott Award, given to "the most distinguished American picture book for children."  I offered some initial thoughts on the Newbery winners, and here are my first reactions to the 2011 Caldecott Medal winner and Honor Books.

Caldecott Honor Books

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein - In a word, "Woo-Hoo!"  Unless that's two words.  Either way the Help Readers Love Reading household, especially the resident eight-year-old, was thrilled when Interrupting Chicken was announced.  A funny bedtime story where the wrong character ends up in dreamland.

Dave, The Potter by Laban Carrick Hill - I'm unfamiliar with this book, but from the little I've seen online, Bryan Collier's illustrations look deep, rich, and deserving of recognition.  I'm excited to see the whole thing.

Caldecott Medal Winner

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead - I've seen this one tossed around in various mock discussions, but I haven't read it.  The cover features an elephant, penguin, old man in pajamas, and a mouse holding a helium balloon, all playing cards.  What's not to like?  Kindly please hurry up, library processing system, so's I can read it myself.  Thanks.

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