Thursday, June 27, 2013

Caldecott Challenge 2004-2007

2004 was the first year I paid attention to the day that the ALA awards were announced.
It was my first year as a school librarian, and the first year I celebrated the announcement with students in any way.

From this point on in the challenge, I have strong connections and memories with almost every single book. Each year of titles feels like looking at an old photo album with a flood of feelings from first reads rushing back.

In the fall of 2003 I remember reading Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus to every class Kindergarten through 6th grade months before the awards were announced because I loved it that much. It was unique and funny and a riot to read out loud. And then I remember that amazing feeling early 2004 when a book I loved was honored by the committee.

The feeling was powerful - I suddenly felt such ownership in the award just by being a librarian who reads and loves picture books.

2004 was also the year that I remember seeking out The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, a title that was new to me, being utterly blown away and thinking, "Yes, of course this was the one!" 

Reading these titles again for the challenge with the 75th anniversary celebration in Chicago coming in just a few days, has me thinking of each year's committee deliberating, debating, and defending each of these books with such care and professionalism.

...Oh, and also cats.

2004 Medal Winner:

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
by Mordicai Gerstein

2004 Honor Books:

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed
by Margaret Chodos-Irvine 

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? 
illustrated and written by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page 

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
by Mo Willems

2005 Medal Winner:
Kitten's First Full Moon  
by Kevin Henkes

2005 Honor Books:

The Red Book 
by  Barbara Lehman 

Coming on Home Soon
illustrated by E.B. Lewis
written by  Jacqueline Woodson 

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale 
 illustrated and written by Mo Willems

2006 Medal Winner:
The Hello, Goodbye Window  
illustrated by Chris Raschka 
written by Norton Juster

2006 Honor Books:

illustrated by Bryan Collier
written by Nikki Giovanni 

Zen Shorts 
by Jon J. Muth 

Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride 
illustrated and written by Marjorie Priceman 

Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems 
 illustrated by Beckie Prange
written by Joyce Sidman

2007 Medal Winner:
by David Wiesner

2007 Honor Books:

Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet
by  David McLimans 

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
illustrated by  Kadir Nelson
written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Caldecott Challenge Total 1938-2007: 291

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