Every year the Allen County Public Library makes a list of illustrated books for kids that we think might win the Caldecott Award, a special honor that goes to the illustrator of the winning book. There have been many great books published for kids this year, but here are a few that we’re adding to our Caldecott list. You may also like to read more about the Caldecott Award or our lists from past years.
|Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes
written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong & illustrated by John Parra
Spanish words are sprinkled throughout this story about Hispanic culture and shapes. I like the slightly rough look of the pictures. They have a folk art appeal with spatters and even a few fingerprints in the paint.
written by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Adam Rex
Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze. It’s a simple story with great detailed pictures. For instance, the library has two doors built into each other to accommodate larger quests like the elephant and smaller guests like the turtle. There are mice using laptops in the card catalog drawers. One of the audience members at the circus is a fish in a fish bowl. Lots of little things to make you smile.
|Giant Dance Party
written by Betsy Bird & illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Lexy’s fix for her terrible stage fright involves teaching giants how to dance properly. I like the colorful pictures which go along so nicely with the spunky text. When the giants burst into the story their images are so big they don’t fit on the page.
written & illustrated by Lita Judge
From the creator of Red Sled this fun romp with a red hat (look familiar?) has lots of crazy sound words and silly action. The red hat, or the red yarn in some pictures, always stands out in these jubilant pictures.
|How To Be A Cat
written & illustrated by Nikki McClure
Bold pictures and very simple text display the simple pleasures of being a cat.