Since most of you are probably watching a little football tonight, you might have forgotten that today is Caldecott Eve! And, in fact, by the time you are reading this post, the Caldecott awards for 2015 might have already been announced.
Even though I am right on top of it, I will probably still have to sign up for a waiting list for the quickly snapped-up winners. This is a real dilemma, because we have a February-born niece to whom we like to give the most recent Caldecott winner every year. Alas, her package usually contains a note (an illustrated note) saying “Caldecott coming soon.”
This year, however, I thought I might beat the system, and try to predict the winner … my own little mock Caldecott group of one. If I guess correctly, then our neice will actually receive her gift on time. If not, well then, I guess I’ll just have to keep all these beautiful books for myself.
Don’t worry, I think I know some little ones, (and big ones) who will curl up with me to read about Henri, Leo, Frida, Gaston, Sam and Dave. Happy Caldecott Eve!
By the way, if you are on the edge of your seat, like I am, the winners will be announced at 8 am in Chicago. You can even watch the webcast here.
Here are some of my favorite choices.
1) The Iridescence of Birds A Book About Henri Matisse Patricia MacLachlan and Hadley Hooper
2) The Farmer and the Clown Marla Frazee
3) Gaston Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson
4) Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters Oliver Jeffers
5) Draw Raul Colon
6) The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus Melissa Sweet and Jen Bryant
We would love to hear which Caldecotts are your favorite (prized, treasured, dearest, best-loved, wished-for, desired) … oh, excuse me, I just finished reading number 6 above.