Hi All! It’s Becky. I’m back for another Mock Mondays! 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.
Title: Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
Author: Anika Aldamuy Denise
Illustrator: Paola Escobar
Summary: Pura Belpré grew up in San Juan and always planned on staying in her hometown however after Pura visit Manhattan for her sister’s wedding she decides to stay in the United States. Over the years, Pura gets a job at the New York Public Library where she soon realizes that stories from her homeland are not well represented. Pura embarks on a journey that highlights her storytelling skills and changes the face of children’s literature.
Caldecott Considerations: This book and its illustrations are just charming. Escobar does a fine job of mimicking the the 1920s in the vibrant illustrations while making the book appear fresh and original. The book’s color pallet fit the illustrations beautifully while also given the pages an almost sepia tone look. However, the book’s best feature is the depth of it’s illustrations. In simple single or double page illustrations Escobar was able to capture the immenseness of Manhattan, the New York Public Library, and Belpré imagination. The book is beautifully illustrated and I hope the Caldecott Committee takes notice.