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Thorndyke Thoughts

Hey Kids. Big News coming up in the world of picture books! On Monday, January 28th the American Library Association will award the 75th Caldecott Medal for the best from Seattle WA (Hey! LB just went there!). The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually (that means every year) to the artist of the book with the best illustrations published during the previous year. I would think that would be a tough thing to decide. The committee that chooses the winner thinks so too, so they usually award Caldecott Honor Medals to the runners-up. 75 years is a really long time--like before your parents were born! To celebrate, I thought I'd share some of my favorite picture books from the past year. Here are the top 5 in no particular order:

Brothers at bat: the true story of an amazing all-brother baseball team by written by Audrey Vernick — The true story of a family with sixteen children — enough for their own baseball team

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger — This simple picture book illustrates the many shades of green

Step gently out poem by Helen Frost; photographs by Rick Lieder — Not to boast or anything, but Rick Lieder, the photographer, lives in Michigan! And he visited our library this summer to teach us how to take our own cool pictures of nature.

The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf; illustrated by The Brothers Hilts — A funny story about a family that moves 1/2 way around the world and can't adjust to the new sleep schedule

Extra yarn by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen — J Klassen illustrated three great books this year, but this happens to be my favorite.

I guess we'll have to wait a bit to see if I pick any of the winners. What has been your favorite picture book this year? I'd love to hear about it.
Bear Hugs!
Thorndyke