Friday, June 22, 2012

Caldecott Challenge 1957

1957 Medal Winner: 
A Tree is Nice
illustrated by Marc Simont 
written by Janice Udry

1957 Honor Books:

Mr. Penny's Race Horse 
by Marie Hall Ets

1 is One 
by Tasha Tudor

by William Pène du Bois

illustrated by Paul Galdone
written by Eve Titus

Gillespie and the Guards
illustrated by James Daugherty
written by Benjamin Elkin

Caldecott Challenge Current Total: 99

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Giveaway: Boy + Bot by Dyckman

What it's about:
A boy and a robot meet and become friends.

What I love:
I love robots, and the illustrations of Bot are just darn cute! I also love the parallel stories of Boy's and Bot's perspectives. This book makes for a great, simple introduction to point of view for primary grades. 

I read, re-read and read aloud Boy+Bot many times before I discovered another reason I love it. My 6 year old read it to me the other night, and I discovered what an awesome book it is for early readers. 

Would I like to see the Geisel Award Committee take a look at Boy + Bot?

Enter the Boy+Bot Giveaway

I am giving away a SIGNED copy of Boy + Boy by the wonderful Ame Dyckman.

Submit your email in the form below to enter the giveaway.

Rules for the Giveaway
1. The giveaway will run from June 19 to 5:55 p.m. CST on Thursday, June 21.
2. You must be at least 13 to enter.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Caldecott Challenge 1956

I am reading through all the Caldecott Winner and Honor books from 1938 to present.
So far I've read from 1938 to 1956.

1956 Caldecott Winner and Honor Books
Here is what I like about the award books from 1956:

One version of Frog Went A-Courtin' as a song:

1956 Medal Winner: 
Frog Went A-Courtin'
illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky
retold by John Langstaff

1956 Honor Books:

Play With Me
by Marie Hall Ets

Crow Boy 
by Taro Yashima

Current Caldecott Challenge Total: 93/310

Monday, June 11, 2012

Caldecott Challenge 1955

1955, the year that brought us The Micky Mouse Club and Captain Kangaroo, finally brought a Caldecott Gold to Marcia Brown after 6 Caldecott honors. Her version of Cinderella is a classic that still circulates with the princess and fairy crowd in my library.

The Honor winner, Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli remindes me a lot of the Mother Goose book I grew up with. It's big and thick and filled with tons of nursery rhymes, with rich, full color illustrations every few pages. There are lots of lesser known nursery rhymes along with familiar ones and lovely line drawings filling the the white spaces. 

I loved finding a new-to-me tongue twister about Theophilus Thistle, and the Bud helped me out with the video below.

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1955 Medal Winner:
Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper 
illustrated by Marcia Brown
translated from Charles Perrault by Marcia Brown

Honor Books:
Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes
illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli 

Wheel On The Chimney
illustrated by Tibor Gergely
written by Margaret Wise Brown

The Thanksgiving Story
illustrated by Helen Sewell
written by Alice Dalgliesh

Current Caldecott Challenge Total: 90 books out of 310