My car by Byron Barton
Freight train by Donald Crews
Dear zoo by Rod Campbell
Zoo ah-choooo by Peter Mandel ; illustrated by Elwood Smith
The Underpants Zoo by written and illustrated by Brian Sendelbach
Six little ducks [sound recording] by Al Dana... [et al.] — Dance to the track "Going To The Zoo."
Wiggleworms love you [sound recording] — Sing along with the track "Speckled Frogs."
Celebrate African American history month by reading about African American music and musicians.
We shall overcome: the story of a song by written by Debbie Levy ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson
Hey, Charleston!: the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Colin Bootman
Charlie Parker played be bop [kit] by Chris Raschka
Bessie Smith and the night riders by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by John Holyfield
2014 Medal Winner and Honor Books:
Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth
A splash of red: the life and art of Horace Pippin by written by Jen Bryant ; illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Look up!: bird-watching in your own backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Locomotive by Brian Floca
The mad potter: George E. Ohr, eccentric genius by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan
Hey Kids. It's that time of year again. Monday, January 27th is the big day...the day they announce the winners of the 2014 Caldecott Award. Which means its time for me to blog about what books I think are in the running. I tell you, it was a tough field this year. I do not envy those people on the Caldecott committee one bit. But I do wonder if they'd consider letting a bear on the committee one of these years. Any who, as follows, in no particular order (okay...maybe it's in alphabetical order) are my picks.
Hank finds an egg by Rebecca Dudley — This wordless picture book tells the story of a friendly monkey helping an egg get back to its nest. The picture are photos of a handmade world. Photography and Arts and Crafts are two under represented art categories in Caldecott winners. Perhaps this is the year this changes?
And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The dinner: a novel by Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett
Sisterland: a novel by Curtis Sittenfeld
A mama for Owen by Marion Dane Bauer ; illustrated by John Butler
Owen & Mzee: the language of friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kuhumbu ; with photographs by Peter Greste
Owen and Mzee: the true story of a remarkable friendship by told by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu ; photographs by Peter Greste
Tarra & Bella: the elephant and dog who became best friends by text and photography by Carol Buckley
Friends by written by Catherine Thimmesh
The monkey and the dove: and four other true stories of animal friendships by Jennifer S. Holland
Who's on first? by Abbott & Costello ; illustrated by John Martz
A is for amazing moments: a sports alphabet by written by Brad Herzog ; illustrated by Melanie Rose
Happy like soccer by Maribeth Boelts ; illustrated by Lauren Castillo
Clorinda plays baseball! by Robert Kinerk ; illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Babar's Celesteville Games by Laurent de Brunhoff
The Babe & I by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener
Lucky Luis by Gary Soto ; illustrated by Rhode Montijo
There are so many fantastic picture books out there to enjoy. Here's a few great reads that kids of all ages will love!
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Chicka chicka boom boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault ; illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Curious George by H. A.
Pete's a pizza by William Steig
The apple pie tree by Zoe Hall ; illustrated by Shari Halpern
Growing vegetable soup by written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Who took the cookies from the cookie jar? by Bonnie Lass & Philemon Sturges ; illustrated by Ashley Wolff
The princess and the pizza by Mary Jane Auch ; illustrated by Herm and Mary Jane Auch
Creamed tuna, fish & peas on toast by Philip Cristian Stead
Along with the 2013 Caldecott Medal Winner, the 2013 Caldecott Honor books have also been announced. This year five picture books were selected to receive the Caldecott Honor. Those five recipients are:
Creepy carrots! by words, Aaron Reynolds ; pictures, Peter Brown
Extra yarn by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen
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:
What falls, but never gets hurt? Snow, of course. It's that time of year again, when the snow falls and snowmen are made. Here are some fun picture books to help you make the best snowman on the block.
Bear in long underwear by Todd H. Doodler
Making a friend by Alison McGhee
Perfect snow by Barbara Reid
Favorite children's author Steven Kellogg celebrated his birthday on October 26. He has written many fun and silly books for kids. Check some of them out:
A-hunting we will go! by Steven Kellogg
Pecos Bill: a tall tale by retold and illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Cock-a-doodle-doo, creak, pop-pop, moo by Jim Aylesworth ; illustrated by Brad Sneed
It's milking time by Phyllis Alsdurf ; illustrations by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
Meet the dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz
Ella Sarah gets dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Under my hood I have a hat by Karla Kuskin ; illustrations by Fumi Kosaka
Jesse Bear, what will you wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom ; illustrations by Bruce Degen