Mock Mondays: Caldecott

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:

34791219.jpgDrawn Together by Minh Le and Illustrated by Dan Santat
Summary: A young boy spends the afternoon with his grandfather.  His grandfather does not speak English and the boy does not speak Vietnamese, but they learn to communicate through their love of art.
Caldecott Consideration: Santat created a world of pictures that exists beyond words.  The illustrator uses color and ink to create two distinct styles that both contrast and compliment allowing the images to have a conversation on each page.  The images highlight the generational similarities and differences with each little detail adding to the narrative.  Santat won the Caldecott Medal for “The Adventures of Beekle: The Imaginary Friend” and he may win a second for this beautiful story about family.
Julian Is A Mermaid by Jessica Love26532714.jpg
Summary: Julian spends every Saturday morning swimming with his grandmother.  Every week is the same until he encounters beautiful women in shimmery dresses on their way to the Mermaid Parade.  Julian decides he must join them, and he works to make his own costume.
Caldecott Consideration:  Is it weird that the first thing that struck me about this book was Love’s decision to use brown craft paper instead of normal white picture book paper?  The darker background creates a beautiful contrast to the colorful watercolor and Gauche illustrations while helping ground the story. Love chose to be selective with her background detailing and, at times, allows the brown paper to be the story’s backdrop while at other times creating intricate and beautiful backgrounds.  The pieces of the book come together to create a beautiful and bold story about love and acceptance that may earn Love a spot on the Caldecott list.

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