Which of the three books below will I chose as my Mock Caldecott Medal Winner? I’ve studied my long list. Looked at the books over and over… and then some more. Contemplated and finally decided to ignore all opinions, including Calvin and ML’s and choose from my heart.
I would like Stardines illustrated by Carin Berger to win the medal. The quirky illustrations using diorama, cut paper and collage compliment Jack Prelutsky’s wacky poems. Each time I looked at Bluebird by Bob Staake, the more I appreciated the artistry. It almost didn’t make my long list. I’m glad it did. There’s a reason David Wiesner has won three Caldecott medals. He’s that talented and his latest book Mr. Wuffles is worthy of a fourth. I just couldn’t give it to him with so many other artists deserving to be recognized. I know it’s not supposed to work that way.
ML and I are eager to hear the committee’s decision. It’s the first thing she’ll want to know when I pick her up Monday from school.