Thursday, January 19, 2012

2012 Caldecott Medal

Who will win?

Before I go into which books I'd vote for, let's take a look at the criteria for this award. This partial list comes straight from the official Caldecott Medal Home Page:
  1. In identifying a “distinguished American picture book for children,” defined as illustration, committee members need to consider:

    a. Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed;
    b. Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept;
    c. Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept;
    d. Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures;
    e. Excellence of presentation in recognition of a child audience.

  2. The only limitation to graphic form is that the form must be one which may be used in a picture book. The book must be a self-contained entity, not dependent on other media (i.e., sound, film or computer program) for its enjoyment.

  3. Each book is to be considered as a picture book. The committee is to make its decision primarily on the illustration, but other components of a book are to be considered especially when they make a book less effective as a children’s picture book. Such other components might include the written text, the overall design of the book, etc.


Note: The committee should keep in mind that the award is for distinguished illustrations in a picture book and for excellence of pictorial presentation for children. The award is not for didactic intent or for popularity.

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And without further ado...

Here are the picture books that I'd vote for:


Blackout by John Rocco
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett
Illustrations by Poly Bernatene

The Gingerbread Man, Loose in the School by Laura Murray
Illustrations by Mike Lowery

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
Illustrations by Beth Krommes



(Click on Holiday Highlights and Coming Soon! for links, etc.)

Here’s a peek inside each one:

Blackout by John Rocco




LOL!

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet


I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Tony Sarg's step-by-step creative process. This is nonfiction at its absolute best!

Everyone loves a parade!



The Man in the Moon by William Joyce


Check out the perspective in this spread:



(A diagram of The Moon Clipper!)

The most beautiful craft of the Golden Age.

The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett

Illustrations by Poly Bernatene

(An original fairytale for this generation of young readers.)



(What a wonderful way of showing loneliness in the castle.)

The Gingerbread Man, Loose in the School by Laura Murray

Illustrations by Mike Lowery

(A fresh-baked approach to a familiar character!)

( The students hang posters of the missing Gingerbread Man.)

(And you get a free one at the end of the story!)

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
Illustrations by Beth Krommes


The cover is bold, moving, and colorful—even the text!





(Glossary of shapes that curl around a center point.)


This concludes my list of Caldecott contenders, although there were lots of lovely books to choose from this year. I’ve gone back and forth between Balloons Over Broadway and Blackout, but I think Blackout will win. I was thoroughly entertained by the child’s point of view during a crisis. Also, Rocco’s palette of colors and images illuminate the city during its darkest hour.

Let’s hope there will be a long list of honor books too. The Caldecott Committee doesn't have an easy job!

2 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I missed a couple of these, the nonfiction titles. Beautiful picture books. Thanks for sharing these!

Kimberly Lynn said...

It's so difficult to see all the great books out there. If only I had a bigger book budget. LOL! I'm glad that a couple of my picks won awards this year, though.

Thanks for stopping by, Deb!