Well, it's finally here! After watching the American Library Assosiation's (ALA) countdown clock on my computer for the last 18 days, Caldecott day is finally here! The ALA announces other awards too at their conference in Chicago, and I enjoy watching them as well, but I like the Caldecott announcement best because I like Children's Book Illustration the best. AND because the people at ALA are so cool, we get to watch it happen live on the internet right here!
My pick to win is The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee. I've had this one picked for a couple of months now so lets keep our fingers crossed. AND my wonderful husband, knowing the Caldecott was coming closer and knowing I loved the book, stopped by the bookstore on his lunch hour to pick it up and surprise me with it last Thursday night! He does pay attention!
For the honor books....I'm not too sure of them. The committee can choose as many as they wish!
I really liked Stella's Starliner by Rosemary Wells.
I really liked Little Elliot Big City by Mike Curato
I really liked Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
I would LOVE to see Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas written by Lynne Cox and Illustrated by Brian Floca win something, but I'm not sure it's getting too much notice. It's beautifully illustrated and I hope to write a blog post about it soon.
I liked Sam and Dave Dig A Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen and I honestly think it will get an honor.
Oh how exciting it all is! We'll see how things go and we'll know in about an hour!
Until then, Happy Reading!