My Caldecott Awards & Where I Plan to Be In 2017



I wanted to make it to Chicago this year to attend the awards ceremony for the Caldecott Medal; but my budget didn’t allow it.  Next year, the Caldecott award will be announced in Boston.  Closer. . . but probably not in my budget.  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I will be there in 2017.  Where?  Atlanta. . .a six hour drive, a free place to stay and the chance to visit my family.

It wasn’t easy for me to choose a winner this year.  Many worthy books were published in 2014.

My Choice – Caldecott 2015 Medal 
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

My Choices – Caldecott Honor Books
Telephone by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jen Corace
The Farmer and The Clown by Marla Frazee
The Adventures of Beekle:  An UnImaginary Friend by Dan Santat



ML wants a phone. I brought home the new picture book Telephone instead.


Last week, ML informed me “When I get a phone.  I don’t want it to be like your phone. I want an iPhone.”  I laughed responding, “Who knows what phones will look Iike by the time you get a phone?”  I turned it into a financial education lesson explaining not only do you buy a phone, you pay over $100 per month to use the phone.  It resulted in the desired effect.  “Wow!  That’s a lot of money.”

Telephone by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jen Corace recently arrived at the library.  I didn’t bring it home because I wasn’t sure if ML had played the game Telephone.  A basic understanding of the game makes the book funnier.  After our iPhone conversation, I decided to take a chance ML knew the game.  While we read the book, she laughed many times.  At the end, I asked “Have you ever played Telephone?”  She said, “Yes.”  I didn’t have a chance to ask where because she wanted to look back through the book.

Birds perched along telephone wires pass along Mama Bird’s request, “Tell Peter:  Fly Home for Dinner.”  As the message moves along, it changes drastically.  Resulting with a bird, who looks a lot like Chicken Little, spewing a long list of warnings to Owl to share with Peter.  Wise Owl discerns the real message… “Your mom says fly home for dinner.”

One reason we explored the book again… an illustrated story line in the houses and yards under the telephone wire.  The other reason… the birds possess distinctive personalities wearing props to emphasize their interests.  You can’t appreciate all the details in the first reading.