January is such an exciting month! It’s a new year … we have plenty of snow and cold temps here in northeast Indiana to keep things interesting … children return to school after a winter break…and your library holds it’s annual Mock Elections, in anticipation of the REAL American Library Association book awards for children that will be presented later in the month. On January 27, to be precise.
The library’s Mock Caldecott program will be held this coming Saturday, January 11, from 9am to 1pm. All adults interested in children’s books are invited to attend this FREE event. Refreshments will be provided, as well as some wonderful information about picture books, picture book art, and the history of the Caldecott Medal. We’ll discuss some of the books we think might win the Caldecott this year, and then we’ll hold a vote to choose our own “Mock Caldecott” winner. Will we choose the same book as the official Caldecott Committee? Find out on Monday morning, January 27 at 8am EST, when the American Library Association makes its official announcement of the Caldecott winner and other youth media awards from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!
We have two more book titles to add to our reading list — these were suggested to us last minute, and we believe they absolutely do fit the criteria. They are:
|The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan will make you laugh and the illustrations will make you want to look at this book again and again and again. Sophie Blackall’s art was created using Chinese ink and watercolors, then cut out, arranged and photographed. The effect is amazing!|
|Another book with 3-D style illustrations is Stardines by Jack Prelutsky. This is a collection of poems, each about an original “animal” — like Stardines — or Swapitis — or Tattlesnakes. Each poem is accompanied by detailed and very original shadowbox illustrations, created by Carin Berger, that just need to be seen.|