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Today was the day!

A lovely group of librarians and others who love children’s picture books assembled for 4 hours discussing the merits of lots and lots of wonderful books.

Then we voted.

Our choice for the 2015 Caldecott Award

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

words by Jen Bryant and pictures by Melissa Sweet

The Right Word

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Our choices for 2015 Caldecott Honor Books

We’re all eager for the official announcement Monday, February 2nd!

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Caldecott Countdown!

Monday, February 2nd is the day that the American Library Association will announce this year’s Caldecott Award Winner. We’ve been showcasing children’s books with amazing art for a year now and it will be exciting to hear which book gets chosen as being the ‘most distinguished American picture book for children’.

Here are a couple more books I’d like to share with you today.

The Farmer and the ClownThe Farmer and the Clown words and pictures by Marla Frazee

The day-to-day life of farmer is never the same but this wordless picture book depicts an especially unusual one! When a story is told so perfectly in just pictures it’s a prime candidate for the Caldecott Award. I especially like how the pictures are simple with lots of open space. Nothing distracts the ‘reader’ from the characters and the storyline. Color is used to great effect too as the clown in the bright little suit brightens up the farmer’s otherwise bland world. The farmer’s face goes from grim to all grins with each page turn revealing a subtle change in expression. This is such a delightful book!

Sam and Dave Dig a HoleSam and Dave Dig a Hole words by Mac Barnett and pictures by Jon Klassen

This book is about two boys, two shovels, and a dog. The pictures take this simple book to unbelievable places and it’s really the pictures that ultimately tell the story.  I noticed on the first pages, before the hole gets very big, how much space is above the characters as sky. It’s all blank. There are no clouds or birds or anything. As a result the reader is left to focus on the boys and their quest. It also leaves a kind of mysterious feeling that helps build the suspense. Really, every part of the book design and illustrations feed that suspense and make you want to shout helpful hints to Sam and Dave. The joy of this book is all in the image details so take your time and enjoy the adventure!

 

I’m still working out my favorites this year but Sam and Dave Dig a Hole is near the top of my list. Take a look at our list of contenders on Pinterest and share your comments. Consider joining our in-person discussion at the Main Library on Saturday, January 24th at 9:00. You can register for that program here.

 

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Caldecott Countdown!

Monday, February 2nd is the day that the American Library Association will announce this year’s Caldecott Award Winner. We’ve been showcasing children’s books with amazing art for a year now and it will be exciting to hear which book gets chosen as being the ‘most distinguished American picture book for children’.

Today I’d like to share my thoughts on three of the contenders.

nestingHave You Heard the Nesting Bird? words by Rita Gray, pictures by Kenard Pak

I really like this one for the outdoorsy textures and natural pallet. I like how the question “Have you heard the nesting bird?” is repeated every so often during the story’s time frame (about 24 hours). It has a quiet feel with a quiet setting and simple details. One of my favorite spreads is the picture of the nesting bird at night. You can barely see the bird but it looks very content in all that darkness. I love how the baby birds are almost all eyeballs, not unlike real life.

my teacherMy Teacher is a Monster (No, I am not!) words and pictures by Peter Brown

My favorite part about the pictures in this book is the transformation that Mrs. Kirby makes from being a mean green monster to being just a regular adult. There were parts of the transformation that I didn’t see right away but I know it affected the way I read the story. I’m not sure I’d categorize this book as having the ‘most distinguished’ pictures compared to others in the running, but they are great. Each page is full of fun, imaginative pictures that tell the story pretty well on their own.

papa'sFollowing Papa’s Song words and pictures by Gianna Marino

It takes a talented artist to create images for a story about whales without using tons and tons of blue. The pictures of Little Blue and his Papa are beautifully rendered in shades of green and blue with yellow, pink, purple and orange added according to the angle and the play of the sun on the water. The dark colors used to show Little Blue in the deep, deep water are striking and moody but not overly scary. The images are perfect for the intended audience.

I’m not sure I’ve decided which book from our list is my FAVORITE, but I’ll be sharing my thoughts on more great contenders in the weeks ahead.

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One of the natural things to do at the end of a year is reminisce about favorite experiences of the past 12 months: …movies…food…family get-togethers…funny things our children have said…and of course, books!  We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite picture books published in the past 12 months.  All of these titles meet the criteria for the Caldecott Medal, an award given every year to the “most distinguished” children’s picture book published in the United States.

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Which book do you think should win?  Stop by Children’s Services between now and January 18, check out some of the titles for yourself, and cast your vote!  Each vote will be entered into a drawing to win a free picture book.  Also, please leave your comments about each title on our ACPL Mock Caldecott Pinterest Board.

In addition, on January 24th, we will be holding our annual Mock Election Programs.  Mock Caldecott will be from 9am to 1pm, Mock Newbery from 2:00-5:30pm.  Adults who are interested in children’s literature are welcome to attend either or both of these FREE events.

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The Farmer and the Clown

Marla Frazee has a great new wordless book!

farmer and the clown

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This one is going on the 2014 Mock Caldecott Pinterest page soon.

Home.

You know where it is when you’re there.

But sometimes you get a bit separated from home, and you may need a little help finding your way back.

-from the dust jacket

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We are gearing up for our annual Mock Caldecott event, looking at new picture books, double-checking the criteria, and choosing our favorites…for picture book lovers like myself, it’s one of my favorite activities of the year!  The point of all of our work is to try to predict what will win the coveted Caldecott Medal, awarded by the American Library Association in January every year to the illustrator of the “most distinguished American picture book for children“.

We are especially excited to introduce our Mock Caldecott Pinterest Board this year!  Be sure to visit and leave your comments on the posted titles.   So far, we have posted the following picture books based on the following very brief summary of the American Library Association’s Caldecott criteria:

  • Illustrators must be a citizens or residents of the United States
  • Books must have been published in 2014 (for the 2015 award)
  • Books must be intended for children up through age 14
firefly all different gravity
 dance  eye  scraps
 koo  gandhi  bad bye
 my bus  three bears  avairy
   beekle  baby bear
 brimsby's  okay andy

What do you think will win the Caldecott Medal in January?  New books are being published all the time — be sure to check this blog and our Pinterest board often!

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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.

brimsby's hats Brimsby’s Hats

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.
okay andy Okay, Andy!

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 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.

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