So far I have read all the titles from 1938-1949.
I couldn't bring myself to open the next title on my challenge list.
Part of what happened reminds me of a Saturday Night Live skit from 1990 called "The Gross Out Family".
In the skit, a family is sitting down to dinner and the dad (Tom Hanks) tries some milk, realizes it is spoiled and then the rest of the family proceeds to say things like "Oh, let me try... belch, you are right that IS rancid!"
|"How old is that milk, it is really bad!"|
|"You aren't kidding!"|
|"Let me try.... Whoa, baby!"|
|"Here let me try...Whoa that's bad!"|
It goes on with smelling bad fish, feeling Chris Farley's sweaty stomach, sitting on a nail and finally ends with the family members each throwing themselves down the stairs.
(If you have Hulu plus, you can watch the whole SNL episode here.)
There have been a few #nerdcott conversation threads on twitter that have felt like we've been "passing the milk".
"This was meant for kids?"
"These books really make me appreciate today's picture books so much more!"
"They're just soooo wordy!"
Ok... I'm not really trying to say that the 1940s Caldecott medal and honor books are like drinking rancid milk - there have been some gems in the mix that have truly stood out, but for the most part they did require a different kind of reading energy than the titles I have been reading during my recent "challenge break down" phase.
These recent reads have been helping me to build up my reading mojo again.
I needed them.
I needed to read and get lost in a story.
I needed to fall in love with characters.
I needed to feel that crazy excitement at having just read my "new favorite book."
I needed to remember why I love reading.
So I had a Challenge break down and read...
The Mighty Miss Malone
The One and Only Ivan
Anna Hibiscus and No. 1 Car Spotter
A Long Walk to Water
The Fault in Our Stars
With these awesome reads that fed my soul I think I have almost built up my Challenge stamina again and should be ready with a Caldecott book stack for the 1950s very soon.
Thank you for hanging with me through this challenge breakdown, and thanks to the challenge participants who have been blogging and tweeting through my rut. Your posts have been boosting my strength and luring me back.
Click on the links below to see fabulous Caldecott Challenge posts from...
A to Z Library (my wonderful co-host)
Story Time Secrets
Not For Lunch
Picture Book A Day