Who Won the Caldecott?


Locomotive –  illustrated and written by Brian Floca

Last night, I told ML the Caldecott would be announced today.  She started chanting, “Hello My Name is Ruby, Hello My Name is Ruby, Hello My Name is Ruby…”  She’ll be upset her choice didn’t win.  However, the winner was one of the books she and her friend named an honor book… And the book her friend chose to win was named an honor book.  They will be excited winners from their Mock Caldecott received recognition.

The Caldecott Committee has specific criteria it must consider, which I did not ask ML and Calvin to follow.  Instead my instructions were, “Here are some books. Decide which book has the best pictures.”  If you’re interested in the real committee’s task, I’ve copied the criteria at the end of the post.  In addition to the medal, the committee can create a list of books they agree deserve to be honored.  This year’s Caldecott Honor books are:
  1. In identifying a “distinguished American picture book for children,” defined as illustration, committee members need to consider:
    1. Excellence of execution in the artistic technique employed;
    2. Excellence of pictorial interpretation of story, theme, or concept;
    3. Appropriateness of style of illustration to the story, theme or concept;
    4. Delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood or information through the pictures;
    5. 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.

Tea Parties

This is not a political piece.
However, I do have advice for all politicians –
Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, Socialist, etc.
Read picture books about tea parties.
Your manners are lacking.  The books below will teach you etiquette.


Tea Party Rules by  Ame Dyckman and and  K. G. Campbell – This one begins by the hostess demanding her guests follow all the rules.  Very slowly the story develops a friendship that is more give and take, instead of dictatorial.

Tea Rex by Molly Idle – Mr. Rex is invited to tea at Cordelia’s house.  Even though he’s big and clumsy, he’s treated with respect.  At the end of the book, Cordelia is invited to sit down at the table with Mr. Rex and his dinosaur friends.  What a concept.  Sitting down at the table and treating others with respect.

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra and illustrated by J. Otto Seibold – B.B. Wolf’s song says it best “Even in a house of bricks, big bad wolves can learn new tricks.  Sip your tea and never slurp, say “excuse me” if you burp.  Smile and have a lot of fun, But don’t go biting anyone!”

Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk – A classic from 1994.  Miss Spider invites various insects to join her for tea.  For obvious reasons, they refuse.  Until a fragile moth soaked from the rain accepts Miss Spiders hospitality.  The moth told the other insects about his experience.  So the other insects joined Miss Spider for tea.  Sometimes it only takes one to make a difference and get the conversation following a different path.

***I wrote this post during the government shutdown.  My hospitalization got in the way of my posting it.  The shutdown is over.  It’s only a matter of time before the next crisis.  Here’s hoping politicians will learn manners between now and then***