The Caldecott Medal will soon be given for the best illustrated children's book of 2016. I have only ONE selection this year and here is why.
I haven't seen many other books!
We all know that life gets busy, and this year time constraints have kept me from searching out and perusing newly published children's books. But, I DO have a FAVORITE to win. It is actually the ONLY new children's book I purchased for myself this past year.
My pick to win is The Night Gardener Written by Terry Fan and Illustrated by Eric Fan (The Fan Brothers).
I LOVE this book.
The illustrations are highly detailed, and those who know me, know I like detail. When I think of an illustrator drawing each tiny leaf and each textured brick I imagine he must be thoroughly in love with his craft because WOW, there are thousands of individually drawn leaves throughout the pages of this book!
The book begins with a sepia-greenish-toned-coloring to it and as story progresses, the illustrations become brighter and brighter as does the mood of the story.
Towards the end of the book there are three illustrations depicting the changing seasons, which I found to be enjoyable to look at and a neat addition to the story.
By the end of the story, we see a more colorful landscape with brightly colored flowers, cheerful people, and even an ice cream truck.
So, that is my pick for the year 2016....and I'm sad to say it doesn't look like it's on anyone else's radar (as far as the internet, mock Caldecott contests, and teacher picks go) but I will not give up hope!
The Caldecott Medal will be given out Monday morning, January 23rd, usually around 7:45-8:30 central time. I have my alarm set and will try to watch again this year via my computer (come on Night Gardener!!)
Until another time, have a happy, creative day!