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The Caldecott Award Process is So Super-Secret…

We don’t even know which books have been nominated… So we made our own list!

We’ll find out whether we guessed correctly on Monday, Jan. 28, when the 2013 Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor awards are announced. Join us that evening at Central Library for our Caldecott Medal 75th Celebration, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.


In the meantime, our nominees to win the 2013 Caldecott Medal are:

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

In bold, painterly strokes, Seeger explores many different kinds of green, from forest green to forever green. Seeger’s clever use of cutouts enhances the illustrations and will fill your little ones with anticipation about what they will reveal next. Seeger has taken a simple color concept book and turned it into a delicate and playful work of art.



by Elisha Cooper

Loose pencil lines and delicate watercolor washes will transport you into a sunny and comfortable summer day in the life of Homer the dog. Cooper’s use of color keeps the tone of the story breezy and calm, just like Homer. The artist’s his decision to literally frame each illustration with a thin yet firm line turns each picture into a snapshot from Homer’s day.


Oh No!
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

The heavy lines and bright colors of Rohmann’s illustrations mimic the gorgeous, vibrant life of the jungle, while maintaining a cartoonish character that echoes the silliness of the story. In each spread, jungle animals fall into a pit in an attempt to help the ones who fell before, all in the presence of a lurking tiger. Rohmann cleverly shows only pieces and parts of the watching carnivore, creating a playful “I spy”-like game with the reader. (Fair warning: the ending is not for the faint of heart.)


And then it’s Spring
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead

Erin Stead took the big medal home two years ago for A Sick Day for Amos McGee and we’re excited to see her back on a number of lists again this year. Stead is a master of complements and contrasts in color, creating beautiful landscapes in browns, blues, and white with splashes of bold color to carry the reader through the long wait of winter. Her renderings are both realistic and whimsical in a way that appeals to both adults and children, and she adds details to her illustrations that are natural extensions of the simple text.


by Henry Cole

In this poignant wordless picture book, a young girl in a southern Civil War-era state discovers a runaway slave on her family’s farm. Cole’s tells the story with nothing more than a heavy pencil, and yet his illustrations are at once timeless and expressive. He has a neat and orderly approach to illustration with straight lines and intricately detailed textures, but he is also a master storyteller, imbuing each image with tense drama and emotion.


Other possibilities:


The 2013 Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor awards will be announced on Monday, Jan. 28. Join us that evening at Central Library for our Caldecott Medal 75th Celebration, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.


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  1. Linda Barnett says:

    A former fist and fourth grade teacher who loved to teach reading and help children develop the love of reading! I hope I can attend this activity!

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