ML and her friend, were elated to learn The Adventures of Beekle won the Caldecott medal; and The Noisy Paint box earned was chosen as a Honor book.
Pleased doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings about this year’s choices by the Caldecott Committee. I love it when the books chosen are favorites of children too. It doesn’t always happen. Below are my thoughts on the winner and honor books.
“The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend illustrated by Dan Santat – I’m ecstatic! There’s no doubt in my mind Beekle will be a classic in the cannon of children’s literature. I reread the post I wrote about Beekle on June 3rd. It reinforces how much this book deserved the medal.
Six Caldecott Honor Books also were named:
“Nana in the City,” illustrated by Lauren Castillo – I haven’t seen a hard copy of this book, yet. However, I love all of Lauren’s Castillo books; so I know it’s deserving of the honor. I’ve been assured it is being ordered.
“The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art,” illustrated by Mary GrandPré and written by Barb Rosenstock – ML is an expert on picture books. This book was her “Favorite Nonfiction Book of 2014” and her choice for the Caldecott Medal. ML’s Christmas gift from me was this book. Her face was filled with glee when she opened the present.
“Sam & Dave Dig a Hole,” illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett – Of the books I’ve seen this was my least favorite. ML judged the book by the cover and put it in the return pile before we ever read it. I’ve requested it so we can take another look.
“Viva Frida,” written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales – I can’t believe I didn’t share a post last year highlighting this book. ML loved the inventive, exquisite, mixed media illustrations.
“The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,” illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant – I’m thrilled this title was selected. overjoyed, elated, delighted, exultant, jubilant are a few of the words I used to describe this book on October 3rd.