A small but enthusiastic group met this afternoon to discuss potential 2014 Caldecott honorees. We read and shared what we liked about the twelve books pictured before voting, with Journey the unanimous winner. Honor books were The Mighty Lalouche and A Splash of Red. In online voting on the library website, Journey and Mr. Tiger tied! And paper votes over the last week at the library gave the nod to Mr. Wuffles.
More than potential winners, the time for sharing and close examination revealed so many things that we appreciated about each individual book. We peered under book jackets to look at covers, and discovered a few additional surprises in addition to Locomotive‘s different, and moving, artwork. Have you discovered the bold orange tiger stripes on Mr. Tiger Goes Wild? Or the starry sky and galaxies that seem like an inside joke once you have poured over Mr. Wuffles? Look at the endpapers of The Mighty Lalouche and those of Nino Wrestles the World? I didn’t expect to like books about boxing and wrestling so much, but there is so much going on in both of these. Though very different, they do have some interesting parallels — touches of humor, phrases in foreign languages, sports.
Have someone hold up Flora and the Flamingo and read it to you — wow! what a difference a change in perspective can make. I felt like I finally *got* this one. And we listened to Daniel Beaty reading his poem on which Knock Knock is based: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eYH0AFx6yI. So very powerful and moving. And we are all looking forward to Monday morning at 8 am! Tune into the ALA Youth Media awards announcements here: http://live.webcastinc.com/ala/2014/live/