Caldecott Contenders 2

Posted on January 12, 2017

by cindy vanderbrink

Did you know the Toledo Lucas County Public Library hosts a Caldecott Read-in? This year marks the 44th! Local teachers, librarians and other fans of illustrated books for children gather to predict the winner of the Caldecott Award – the most prestigious honor for children’s illustrated books. TLCPL has correctly predicted the winner several times!

Want to participate in TLCPL’s Caldecott Read-In? Come to Main Library on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to take a look at the best illustrated books and try to determine which one will win the prize.

I’m working through my list of over 100 illustrated books to make my final prediction. Very challenging as there have been so many wonderful books this year. Here are a few more outstanding choices …

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie ; illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Ages 2-5

Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name…one that’s all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn’t want to share a name.

The Night Gardener by Terry Fan & Eric Fan

The Night Gardener by Terry Fan & Eric Fan

Ages 4-8

Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work.

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill ; illustrated by Francis Vallejo

Ages 8-12

A collection of poems recounts the efforts of Esquire magazine graphic designer Art Kane to photograph a group of famous jazz artists in front of a Harlem brownstone.

Are We There Yet?: A Story by Dan Santat

Are We There Yet?: A Story by Dan Santat

Ages 4-7

A boy goes on a long car ride to visit his grandmother and discovers time moves faster or slower depending on how bored he is.

Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White by Matt Phelan

Ages 10-13

The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words “Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL.

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman ; illustrated by Beth Krommes

Ages 4-7

Hoping for a break from her usual rushed schedule, a small child watches as her wish comes true in the wake of a heavy snowfall, in a lyrical story complemented by scratchboard art. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night and the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of Swirl by Swirl.

On Monday, January 23, 2017 – compare TLCPL’s results with the winner of the Caldecott Award, announced at the American Library Association Midwinter conference Youth Media Awards (YMA) presentation. You can watch the YMA’s live starting at 8 a.m. on January 23rd.

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