Dear Caldecott Committee,

Some fellow Simmons Children’s Lit folk and I hold a monthly book club, which I’ve mentioned now and then in previous entries.  This month, we gathered to survey a huge list of possible Caldecott contenders, discuss them at length and with great enthusiasm, and finally to vote and tabulate our winners.  Here are the results:

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Medal

The Little Yellow LeafThe Little Yellow Leaf, Carin Berger

This book was my first choice, but I was the only one who thought so–it won by virtue of being present, though sometimes low, on everyone’s list.  Personally, I think it’s brilliantly done–folk-arty and modern graphic at the same time.

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Honors

Abe's Honest Words

We Are the Ship Abe’s Honest Words, Kadir Nelson and We Are the Ship, Kadir Nelson (tied)

These two books are spectacular in a way only Kadir Nelson can achieve.  However, neither one was on my personal list this year, because neither one, in my opinion, is as worthy of a medal as Moses was in 2006.

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River of WordsA River of Words, Melissa Sweet

This book was nearly on my personal list, but didn’t quite make it.  It’s very lovely, though–collage done in the best kind of way, with the text beautifully integrated.

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Other books that received votes:

That Book Woman, David Small
My Friend the Starfinder, Stephen Gammell
The House in the Night, Beth Krommes
Amandina, Sergio Ruzzier

Amandina, That Book Woman, and The House in the Night were my three personal picks for honors, but they weren’t as popular with the group as a whole.

I can’t wait to see what you, this year’s committee, are going to pick!

Love,

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