Hi Everyone! It’s Becky. This week I will be sharing with you two picture books that I think should be considered for the Caldecott Award. If you are unfamiliar with the award it is given by the American Library Association to the illustrator that gave the most distinguished contribution to children’s literature. Here are my selections:
Title: Hello Lighthouse
Author & Illustrator: Sophie Blackall
Summary: The life of the people living in a lighthouse as time moves through seasons and years.
Caldecott Consideration: The book is filled with wonderfully intricate details beginning with the beautiful pencil sketches on the front endpapers and going all the way to the carefully designed seaweed wallpaper on the book’s last page. Blackall uses a series of changing color schemes to depict the changing of time paired with different techniques to show the effects of the changing seasons on water surrounding the light house. Adding to the overall design of the book are small details that help move the narrative including a series of inserts, page folds outs, and changing perspective which helps move the narrative. This is the newest picture book from Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackwell and it may bring her a second medal.
Author & Illustrator: Allison Oliver
Summary: Moon is a girl whose life has become over scheduled and she want to escape into nature for a simpler life. One night she goes off into the woods to have an adventure and learn how to be a wolf.
Caldecott Considerations: It’s all about the details in Alison Oliver’s picture book “Moon”. Oliver’s painted images are filled with details adding texture and movement to her illustrations. Moon and her wolfie friends are simplistic in design however there is surprising depth in the facial features especially their eyes. Adding to the illustrations of the characters are a series of backdrops that are intricate designed to change and evolve with Moon’s adventure. This is Oliver’s first picture book and it should be considered a contender.