February’s Picture Book of the Month- My Caldecott Contenders

08 Feb


As part of my Commitment to Literacy: Picture Book It challenge, I wanted to spotlight one book that I’m completely in love with. Throughout the month, I’ll do multiple posts based on the book. I hope you will end up picking up the book and joining in on the conversation.

Previous posts:
All posts pertaining to January’s Picture Book of the Month pick have been archived over at Picture Book It.
World Read Aloud Day

February’s Picture Book of the Month is…

Whatever wins the Caldecott Medal this upcoming Monday! I’m very excited as I’ve read all the winners as one of my reading challenges a few years ago and kept at it as new ones have been added. You can watch the Youth Media Awards presentation here.

Until then, here are my picks for this year’s Caldecott, in no particular order. And, I’ll be honest, I’m basing this on how the book’s illustration affected me and not following the criteria guidelines.

The Book of MistakesThe Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This will make any reader- young or old- fall in love with picture books. In fact, I would suggest adults buy this for themselves even if they don’t have kids.

Fans of Barney Saltzberg’s Beautiful Oops! and Kobi Yamada’s What Do You Do With an Idea? will be quite taken by Corinna Luyken’s The Book of Mistakes.

The story starts off with a mistake but, instead of giving up or starting over, the story embraces its mistake. And it leads to unexpected discoveries, more mistakes, and well… you’ve got to read it for yourself.

The illustrations is truly a piece of art and that’s why this is one of my picks to win a Caldecott!

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up AgainAfter the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up Again by Dan Santat
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dan Santat read the advanced copy of this picture book when he read at the store last month. (I still need to write about that most wonderful day on my blog.)

A familiar nursery rhyme is scrambled into a delectable egg-celent dish that will make you savor each moment until the final bite!

ClaymatesClaymates by Dev Petty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of my favorite picture books of the year and also one I want to win a Caldecott. Great fun concept of what two balls of clay can be. I would love to see a behind the scenes video of this book was made!

The Wolf, the Duck, and the MouseThe Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was as good as everyone said it would be. It’s a completely absurd premise that only Mac Barnett can come up with paired with Jon Klassen’s signature style. Guaranteed to be a storytime favorite!

The Purloining of Prince OleomargarineThe Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a truly special book. As I was reading it, I couldn’t help but wonder how amazing it was that I would experience a new story from Mark Twain and then have the Steads work their magic on it. The unfinished manuscript of this fairy tale was given to Philip Stead to complete- or, at least, make something of it- and then Erin Stead brilliant and gorgeously illustrated it.

I can see this as being a popular gift for years to come.

I attended a bookseller’s conference earlier this year and I got to hear them speak about how this book came to be. It was fascinating. In the exclusive first look copies, they included a peek behind Erin’s art which I wished they included in the final product!

Grand CanyonGrand Canyon by Jason Chin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is such an outstanding picture book and it’s my first pick to be Caldecott contender! The fact that it’s nonfiction shouldn’t deter readers from picking it up as a read aloud. It follows a father and daughter as they hike through the various eco-systems of the Grand Canyon.

You’ll learn about the living organisms that call it home, even traveling back through time to see how things have changed. The best part of any nonfiction book in my opinion is seeing how much research was done and to present it in a way that makes people wanting more. This book was full of information- with an impressive back matter content to boot!

Readers will want to explore this book over and over again!

Are you excited for the Youth Media Awards?

What are your Caldecott picks?

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