Every January, when the American Library Association announces the winner of the Randolph Caldecott Award, librarians wait with baited breath. Here in Allen County we like to start early in the year looking at newly published picture books and analyzing if they have what it takes to be a winner. What about this book makes me say “WOW!”? Are these pictures truly distinguished?
Here are a few I’ve seen so far this year that show promise.
written & illustrated by Andrew Prahin
This is a quiet and lovely story about hats, tea, and friendship. I love the palate of colors the artist used and the variety of pages with lots of detail and pages with lots of open space.
written and illustrated by Maxwell Eaton III
Graphic novels are making their way onto the list more and more and this one is really fun! The images and text are simple but things are spiced up with expressive characters and lots of visual gags.
|Bad Bye, Good Bye
written by Deborah Underwood & illustrated by Jonathan Bean
In this basic story about the sad, bad, and glad parts of moving houses the emotion is clearly expressed in each picture. Overall the images have a blurry and chaotic feel that seems to match the main character’s mood perfectly. It’s the detail in the pictures and the confidence of the parents that helps us see everything will be all right in the end.
We also like to get together just before the official announcement with other librarians and anyone who loves kids’ books to discuss the great picture books in the running and guess the winner. Check back soon to see what date we choose for that event.