We present to you the final discussion list for the Mock Caldecott Discussion (on Saturday, January 26 at the Westerville Public Library). Now, we don’t know what the actual committee will be talking about in Seattle this weekend, where the American Library Association (ALA) Conference is being held (it’s a secret!!)
How do we come up with a list? Well, we look at new picture books arriving all year. We read reviews and peruse those best of the year lists from places like School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and The New York Times (and others!) We look at what other libraries are putting on their mock Caldecott lists. This year we created a Pinterest board of possible contenders before narrowing down to a group of 10 titles. And we’ve talked and recommended these books to each other and read them to children in storytimes.
If you can’t come to the discussion, you can still vote on your choice in the Youth Services section of the library or in the online poll below from now until 2:00 on January 26. At the end of the day, we’ll announce our results. The books will be in the Youth Services area so that you can take a look at the contenders yourself. And on Monday, January 28, the Caldecott Award will be announced, part of ALA’s Youth Media Awards, streaming live from Seattle!
Here are the books we’ll be discussing (in no particular order!):
Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, Art by Ed Young (Little, Brown)
Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat by Susanna Reich, Illustrated by Amy Bates (Abrams)
Island: A Story of the Galapagos written & illustrated by Jason Chin (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)
Sleep Like a Tiger, written by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (Houghton Mifflin)
Step Gently Out, poem by Helen Frost, photographs by Rick Lieder (Candlewick)
Green written & illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
More by I.C. Springman, illustraed by Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin)
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo, pictures by David Small (Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin)
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook)
We’re almost ready to announce our reading list for the upcoming Mock Caldecott discussion, to be held on Saturday, January 26, from 2-4 p.m. In the meantime, here are a few more staff favorites.
Jerry Pinkney’s wordless book, The Lion and the Mouse, is one of Miss Lisa’s favorites.
“It is a timeless story with beautiful illustrations and no words are necessary to enjoy this wonderful picture book. Also, I have used it for storytime and it prompted a wonderful discussion! ” – Miss Lisa
Miss Becky expresses her appreciation for Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express and Jumanji.
“My elementary school librarian read those to us and made their surreal nature come alive. I had never seen books before that were illustrated in such a dramatic, cinematic, full-page way. Then, the more I found out about art and art supplies, the more I realized I had never seen anyone use a pencil that way, either! Magic!” – Miss Becky
What books were magical to you? They may not have won the Caldecott, but what picture books do you remember from childhood? Let us know in the comments!
Have you ever wondered what the deal is with the shiny gold foil Caldecott stickers you see on some books–what does it mean? Why is it there?
Randolph Caldecott was an inspirational 19th century children’s illustrator and this award seeks to honor other great illustrators for their contributions to children’s literature. “The Caldecott Medal shall be awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published in the United States during the preceding year.” Learn more about this prestigious award here. Check out past winners in our catalog.
This year’s award (2013) marks the 75th anniversary of the award and the Westerville Library will be holding a mock Caldecott discussion where we will discuss and choose the best illustrated book of 2012! Join us for the fun!
Check out Emily’s review of Charlie Joe Jackson’s guide to not reading:
Charlie Joe Jackson ( or Charlie Joe ) is in middle school. But, believe it or not he has only read one book in his entire life! When his only source to complete his schoolwork tattles, Charlie Joe finds himself in a major pickle. In this hilarious tale involving position papers, bad books, tons of tips, cute crushes, and bad backstabbers, you will laugh your head off and fall in love with the character and the book.
Some bad words!
Toby recommends the graphic novel: Marvel 1602
Cailin enjoyed the suspense and mystery surrounding: The Visconti House
Emily recommends Printz Award winner: Shipbreaker
Kailey recommends: Clara Lee and the Applepie Dream
Flint Heart (New Katherine Paterson, coming soon)
Cailin can’t say enough good things about the amazing: Wonderstruck (New Brian Selznick coming soon)
Robert couldn’t put down: Gregor the Overlander (it’s a series!)
And Cailin also enjoyed: Skary Childrin and the carousel of sorrow (New–In Process)
Stay tuned for more recommendations from the ‘Tween ARC club. By the way, if you’re in 4th or 5th grade, and LOVE to read and talk about books…there’s room in the ARC! Register on-line!
Owney the Dog, immortalized in a stamp. Photo courtesy of the National Postal Museum
In 1888, Owney, a stray terrier puppy, finds a home in the Albany, New York post office and becomes its official mascot. He criss-crossed the United States on the mail train, through the Adirondacks, into Canada and Mexico, and eventually traveled the world by mail boat in 132 days. TRUE STORY!
Thanks to everyone who made it out to our SUPER FUN MAGIC TREE HOUSE PARTY! You made it a success! We had a chariot race in clothes baskets, made Hawaiian leis and twirling cobra mobiles, wrote our names in Egyptian hieroglyphs and even had a pretend moonwalk!
The highlight of the day was when five lucky winners took home Magic Tree House books signed by Mary Pope Osbourne! We have tallied the votes for your favorite Magic Tree House Book and the winner is:
If you missed our party, don’t worry! WPL has got you covered for Magic Tree House fun! Reserve some fun today! For some Magic Tree house fun on the Internet, check out Random House’s Super Fun Magic Tree House Website with activities and lots of fun with Jack and Annie!
Check out our events calendar for more library fun and special programs for kids of all ages!
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.” -Dr. Seuss
Today is the birthday of Theodor Geisel, better know to millions of kids of all ages as Dr. Seuss! In his honor, people all over the country will celebrate by reading together during the Dr.Seuss kick-off day of Read Across America. First Lady Michelle Obama will lead a star-studded cast of readers as everyone gets ready to grab a hat and read with the cat.
You can join in the fun! No need to travel to Washington, D.C. or even to Whoville, our friends at Random House have created a fun site with Dr. Seuss activity pages and coloring sheets and games! Don’t Delay! Explore Seussville today!
From your home computer, check out & download the eAudiobook, The Cat in the Hat and Other Favorites. Read by John Cleese, Kelsey Grammer, John Lithgow and others, nine Dr. Seuss tales come alive!
Turn out the lights and read What Was I Scared Of?, a not-so-spooky tale by Dr. Seuss printed in glow-in-the-dark ink!
Un Pez, dos Peces! Dr. Seuss in Spanish! Stop in for fun in Spanish with us and our friends pez rojo and pez azul!
Into the Gaunlet, the final book in the 39 Clues series is being released today! If that’s enough to send your kid into a fit of manic giggles, you’ll want to read on.
Today at 4:00, all seven of the 39 Clues authors will unite to present a live webcast and answer real readers’ questions! The group will offer behind-the-scenes information on the Cahills, provide insight into their favorite parts of the clue hunt, and even reveal new information!
Click here for more information or to view the live webcast. It’s free! And if you can’t make it live, don’t fret — it will be available for replay immediately after the event.