Take a look at these great books!
written by Brenda Z. Guiberson & illustrated by Gennady SpirinAre these nature paintings done by some famous Italian Renaissance artist? No wait, there’s a dinosaur on that page. These images really are beautiful in their lush detail. A note inside the book states that the pictures were done with tempera paint, watercolor, and pencil on watercolor paper. Even if you’re not a fan of frogs this is a lovely book to peruse.
|Picture a Tree
written & illustrated by Barbara ReidYou can make some pretty amazing things with clay but not many people illustrate an entire book with nothing but clay pressed on illustration board and a little paint here and there. It makes for such a joyful book about trees. The picture of the autumn leaves falling is one of my favorites.
|When I Was Eight
written by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton & illustrated by Gabrielle GrimardThis story of an Eskamo girl’s quest to learn to read has its ups and downs and the colors on each page depict the wide range of emotions very well. Perspective is also used well to convey emotion.
|Something to Prove
written by Robert Skead & illustrated by Floyd CooperThis is baseball story from 1936 with muted, grainy pictures that make you feel like you’re looking at old photographs. Cooper uses facial expressions to great effect so the tension from this historic meeting is well conveyed.
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.