Sunday, January 27, 2013

Caldecott Challenge 1964-1967

No, I haven't forgotten that at the beginning of January 2012 I challenged myself to read all of the Caldecott winner and honor books in order. It's funny how thinking about blogging and actually blogging are not the same thing.

To get myself back on track, I am putting a bunch of years together in one post with more pictures than words.

See the bottom of the post for my favorite new read.

1964 Medal Winner: 

Where the Wild Things Are 
by Maurice Sendak

1964 Honor Books:
by Leo Lionni

All in the Morning Early
illustrated by Evaline Ness
written by Sorche Nic Leodhas

Mother Goose and Nursery Rhymes
illustrated by Philip Reed

1965 Medal Winner: 
May I Bring a Friend? 
illustrated by Beni Montresor
written by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

1965 Honor Books:
Rain Makes Applesauce
illustrated by Marvin Bileck
written by Julian Scheer

The Wave
illustrated by Blair Lent
written by Margaret Hodges

A Pocketful of Cricket

illustrated by Evaline Ness
written byRebecca Caudill 

1966 Medal Winner: 
Always Room for One More
illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian
written by Sorche Nic Leodhas

1966 Honor Books:
Hide and Seek Fog
illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
written by Alvin Tresselt

Just Me 
by Marie Hall Ets

Tom Tit Tot
retold and illustrated by Evaline Ness

1967 Medal Winner: 
Sam, Bangs & Moonshine 
by Evaline Ness

1967 Honor Books:
One Wide River to Cross
illustrated by Ed Emberley
adapted by Barbara Emberley

My New-To-Me Favorite:
These Caldecott years included two longtime favorites: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and Swimmy by Leo Lionni, both from 1964. However my favorite new-to-me read from these years was The Wave illustrated by Blair Lent and written by Margaret Hodges.

What it's about:
A prosperous farmer who lives up on the hill saves the village below from a tsunami by burning his own rice fields.

What I liked:
This is a great folktale that would fit perfectly with my primary students learning about natural disasters - there is a small earthquake and clues of an impending tsunami. The illustrations fit with the feel that this is a tale that has been passed on from long ago, but the story is not too wordy and has the excitement of an impending natural disaster to keep kids engaged and predicting what will happen next.

The Wave
illustrated by Blair Lent
written by Margaret Hodges

Caldecott Challenge Total: 132


  1. I have not read THE WAVE either, Laura. I will check the catalog in the morning to see if it is in our library collection. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Funny you should do this, because I set about to do the same thing with Newbery winners (and Honor books). What I soon discovered (and I'm a lover of books) is that I could not figure out hwy some of the books (especially the older titles) were chosen, when excellent books of that same year were better (not just better, but remembered now when the Newbery books of that same year are all but forgotten).

    Good topic! And BTW, I'm your newest follower!