A few words about the Caldecott Award, which is given for the “most distinguished American Picture Book for Children published the previous year", by the ALA and its Association for Library Service to Children. There’s a long list of criteria that goes along with choosing the winner, but I find this a difficult pick. Illustrations are so subjective…beauty in the art of the beholder, etc.
However, there’s one book that really stands out for me: “Art and Max” by David Wiesner.
Other contenders I really liked:
• “Ballet for Martha” by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Brian Floca;
• “Chalk” by Bill Thomson;
• “City Dog and Country Frog” by Mo Willems, illustrated by John Muth; and
• “Elsie’s Bird” by Jane Yolen, illustrated by David Small.
The Caldecott Award is scheduled to be awarded tomorrow.