Friday, January 29, 2010

And the Winner Is (Part 2)...

Last week, we featured the 2010 Newbery Medal winner and Honor Books. This week, we'd like to present the 2010 Caldecott Medal winner and Honor Books.

Named in honor of Randolph Caldecott, an influential 19th-century children's illustrator, the Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to "the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year." [source] If the same book is nominated for both a Caldecott Medal and a Newbery Medal, the Newbery Medal Committee decides which ballot is better, since a book cannot remain in both contests.

Here are the books that won this distinguished honor in 2010:

2010 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

A book that's truly a picture book with hardly any words? That's what you'll get when you pick up The Lion & the Mouse, a wordless retelling of an Aesop fable. There are no words on the cover, and the beautifully drawn face entices you to open the book where you will find watercolored and colored pencil illustrations and a strong moral.

2010 Caldecott Honor Books

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Read this book for a walkthrough of a family's regular day, including a visit to the local farmer's market, the beach, a restaurant, etc. This family is a representation of all families thro ughout the world. Just a reminder that we are part of a whole.

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Sidman's book combines beautiful illustrations and poetic verse to describe the changing seasons. Experience seasonal smells, sounds, sights through the use of personified colors, where "In Spring, Red sings from treetops" and "In Winter, gray and brown hold hands."

Santa Clara City Public Library recently ordered more copies of these books so that you may become familiar with the newest Caldecott Medal and Honor Books. For the list of all previous winners, please visit the American Library Association's website.

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