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
To see the other fun treats we've made in Snack Tales, check out our Flickr page!
Dinosaur thunder by Marion Dane Bauer ; [illustrated by] Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Dinosoaring by Deb Lund ; illustrated by Howard Fine
The Berenstain Bears dinosaur dig by Jan & Mike Berenstain
Listen and read along with one of our J Book/CD Kits. You can find them near the music CDs in the Children's Department. Pick some up today for a car trip or for listening at home. Here's a list of some popular choices:
Chrysanthemum [kit] by Kevin Henkes
Amelia Bedelia [kit] by Peggy Parish
A fine, fine school [kit] by Sharon Creech
Every year, at this time, kids are preparing to go back to school. Here is a list of some great stories to help everyone get ready for that fun first day!
It's my school by Sally Grindley; illustrations by Margaret Chamberlain
Mr. Ouchy's first day by B.G. Hennessy; illustrated by Paul Meisel
Miss Mingo and the first day of school by Jamie Harper
Did you know the library has a great collection of international language items for kids? Among those many items, we have some fun picture books in Spanish. Check out some of the suggestions below:
Bravo! by Ginger Foglesong Guy ; illustrated by Rene King Moreno
Floating on Mama's song = Flotando con la canciâon de mamâa by Laura Lacâamara ; illustrated by Yuyi Morales
A beach tail by Karen Lynn Williams ; illustrated by Floyd Cooper
The boy on the beach by story and pictures by Niki Daly
Mermaids Parade by Melanie Hope Greenberg
Apple pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong ; pictures by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Celebration! by Jane Resh Thomas ; illustrated by Raul Colon
Cranberry summer by Wende and Harry Devlin
Memorial Day kicked off summer celebrations all over Michigan. As the days get warmer, enjoy some of these picture books filled with great ways to spend those summer days.
Summer days and nights by Wong Herbert Yee
Now it is summer by written by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma
Kitten's summer by Eugenie Fernandes
Picture books about the moon are a perfect choice for bedtime reading. If you're a fan of the classic story Goodnight Moon, give these other great books a try.
And if the moon could talk by Kate Banks; pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle
Kitten's first full moon by Kevin Henkes
Leo and Diane Dillon were also famous for their cover artwork for adult science fiction novels, winning the Hugo Award in 1971 for Best Professional Artist.
From board books, to pictures books, to chapter books, it's is so hard to choose?