Friday, January 21, 2011

Picture Book Awards

Last week, the American Library Association announced the winners of the Caldecott Medal, given to the illustrator of a picture book  published in America.  The winner for 2011 is Erin E Stead for her illustration of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead.  The illustrations have a textured, handmade look, almost old-fashioned in feel.  The story is delightful.  Check the book out today.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein won Caldecott Honor status.  This story of a father trying to read bedtime stories to his little one is hilarious.  The little chicken interrupts every story to warn the players of upcoming dangers and to change the endings.

Dave the Potter : artist, poet, slave written by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier was the other Caldecott Honor book for 2011.  This picture book biography covers the life of an African-American slave who was renowned for his beautiful pottery and his moving poetry.  This book is perfect for Black History Month and for anyone who appreciates art.

For a list of past Caldecott winners, click here.

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