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Every year, I enjoy trying to predict the Caldecott Award along with librarians, teachers and students all over the country. As we are over half way through the year, it’s time to start narrowing down my favorite picture book contenders from the hundreds published this year.
Here’s my first list of 2018 Caldecott contenders (in no particular order):
A little girl takes readers on a poignant tour of favorite things, from a cloud she loves because it is the one she is watching, to a tooth that is the one that has fallen out, in a lively picture book companion to Wait.
A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home? Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gumand Another Brother.
As an artist creatively incorporates her slipups into a drawing, readers see the ways in which ‘mistakes’ can provide inspiration and opportunity, and reveal that both the art and artist are works-in-progress.
A lyrical ode to poets by the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Crossover and the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Voice of Freedom features original poems crafted to honor 20 famed writers who have inspired and motivated their readers.
Enjoying an idyllic day in Bert’s backyard, Cat, Dog, Chickadee and Squirrel are disturbed by a bumbling bear who crushes the flowerbed, drinks from the wading pool and gobbles up their food. By the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of It’s a Book.
A poetic tribute to the beauty and wonder of America’s history, landscape and symbols combines simple, celebratory verses with evocative imagery depicting subjects ranging from the Statue of Liberty to Cape Canaveral. Illustrated by the Caldecott Honor-winning artist of We Are the Ship.