And the Winners Are…


I am sure a Caldecott Medal has never been awarded as quickly as ML and Calvin did.  It only took fifteen minutes.  They whittled the choices down to five titles.  Then, two.  They were digging their feet in; and I knew a consensus would never be reached.  I didn’t want to hear their arguing.  So I let them each choose a book.

ML’s choice was Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip Stead. Her reasoning… it’s really colorful… he mixes colors together… the background’s pretty… like how he uses birds.

Calvin’s choice was Journey by Aaron Becker.  He explained… it was kind of a copy of Harold and the Purple Crayon… a really cool story… could really tell the story from the illustrations.

I explained sometimes books are chosen to receive a Caldecott Honor.  ML and Calvin quickly agreed on which two titles they wanted to name as Caldecott Honor books.


Locomotive by Brian Floca


Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Boris Kulikov

I didn’t receive two books from our Mock Caldecott 2014 list before the “committee” met.  Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown and The Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney were not in the mix.  So if one of those two titles win, Calvin and ML can claim it would have been their choice.  They were very interested in what they would get if they chose the book which received the Caldecott Medal.  I told them, “Bragging rights.”

Mock Caldecott 2014 List

Below are the books, I am hoping ML and her friend, Calvin will look at this weekend for their Mock Caldecott Award.  I’m still waiting on a few to come from other library branches.  So they may not have a chance to win.

One really cool aspect of our multimedia world is many illustrators have videos showing them creating their work.  This post includes links to these.  And a quick note if I know the mediums used to create the illustrations.


Hello, My Name is Ruby by  Philip Stead – Mixed media… chalk pastel, colored pencils, and colored ink


If You Want to See a Whale written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Erin Stead – Pencil and linoleum prints


Journey by Aaron Becker – Watercolor


Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and Melissa Sweet – Watercolor, pencil and collage


Locomotive by Brian Floca – Pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, and gouache.  Scroll to the bottom of the following like to watch 3 short videos on the process and a view of a book dummy


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown –   still trying to determine mediums


Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner – Water color and ink line


Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Boris Kulikov – mixed media


Stardines by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Carin Berger – shadow boxes, diorama and cut-paper


That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems – pencil and watercolor with additional digital color and compositing


Tortoise & the Hare by Jerry Pinkney – Watercolor

Looking forward to seeing if one of the Stead books are chosen or a book with Mr. in it’s title.  I feel more confident in predicting which books I think the Caldecott committee will pick for the award and honors; than I do guessing what ML and Calvin will choose.  It’s going to be fun hearing two first-graders opinion.

Hello, My Name is Ruby and The Eye of the Tiger


The other night, ML told me her favorite song is the “Eye of Tiger.”  Confused and wondering when she heard this Survivor song from 1982… I started singing “I am the eye of the tiger.”  She looked at me strange.  Then started singing a song with a different beat and different words… “I have the eye of the tiger.”

A conversation with a coworker and the internet helped me discover ML’s favorite song is actually called “Roar” by Katy Perry.  ML and I have one thing in common.  Both of our lyrics are wrong.  In the Survivor song, the correct lyrics are “It’s the eye of the tiger.”  In Katy Perry’s song, it’s “I got the eye of the tiger.”  Close enough.  ML always makes up words when she doesn’t remember the lyrics but remembers the tune.  Apparently, I do too.

You’re probably wondering what this has to do with a picture book named Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip Stead.  Well… last night we read this book.  Halfway through, ML started singing “I am the eye of the elephant.”

Once again, I was perplexed.  Then, I looked closely at the elephant illustration composed of hundreds of red birds.  Ruby, a mostly yellow bird, served as the eye.  I thought about putting a link to this illustration, but decided you need to read the whole book.  However, follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page.  You can view a speedy version of Philip Stead’s creative process showing him drawing the book cover.

Among the books written by Philip Stead is A Sick Day for Amos McGee.  His wife, Erin Stead, won the Caldecott Medal in 2011 for her illustrations in A Sick Day for Amos McGee.  It’s the highest honor for illustrations an artist can receive.  The  Association for Library  Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association,  awards this medal.  A committee of fifteen choose the winner.  On Monday, January 27 this year’s winner will be announced.

This weekend, ML and her friend will award a Mock Caldecott medal to 1 one of 10 books.  Tomorrow, I’ll list the titles I’m bringing home for consideration.  Hello, My Name is Ruby is one.   If You Want to See a Whale illustrated by his wife is another.  Stay tuned… next Monday, I’ll announce their choice.