Below are some of the Caldecott winners for this year. All are worthwhile reads, though I must say A Ball for Daisy was my favorite.
A Ball For Daisy (Caldecott Award), by Chris Raschka: A delightful book of drawings that begs the reader to tell its story. Pre-schoolers will want to explain what happens to Daisy and her toy. The sequence of images provides material for discussion about cause and effect; the expressions on Daisy’s face help youngsters learn to identify emotions in others.
Blackout (Caldecott Honor Book), by John Rocco: It can be frightening when the electricity goes out, but it can also be an adventure. In Rocco’s book, a little girl and her family discover ways to have fun when they cannot use technology and must create games to play by candlelight or under the stars.
Grandpa Green (Caldecott Honor Book), by Lane Smith: A nice remembrance of a great-grandfather’s life. Illustrations emphasize Grandpa Green’s love for gardening and eccentric style, as well as his accomplishments.
Jennifer Minicus is a mother and teacher currently living in Ridgewood, NJ.