Caldecott Award 2018: Early prediction edition

Posted on August 14, 2017

by cindy vanderbrink

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):

Now by Antoinette Portis

Now by Antoinette Portis

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.

Ages 3-6

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

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 Gum and Another Brother.

Ages 2-6

This House, Once by Deborah Freedman

This house, once by Deborah Freedman

Asks readers to think about ways in which the natural world has provided for them, by exploring all the different elements of a house and where each came from, once.

Ages 4-8

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

The book of mistakes / Corinna Luyken

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.

Ages 4-8

Egg by Kevin Henkes

Egg by Kevin Henkes

Three little birds crack their way out of eggs and fly away, leaving one egg sitting all alone until the three chicks come back and discover a friendly baby alligator has finally hatched.

Ages 4-8

Out of Wonder : Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Out of wonder : poems celebrating poets / Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth ; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

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.

Ages 3-7

A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

A perfect day by Lane Smith

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.

Ages 4-8

Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Blue sky white stars / Sarvinder Naberhaus ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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.

Ages 4-8

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