Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!
It’s not Monday, but here is a special edition of 2020 Caldecotts. I got into a frenzy of writing mock Caldecotts, so I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss these before the awards are announced later this month. 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: What is Given from the Heart
Author: Patricia C. McKissack
Illustrator: April Harrison
After James Otis’s father dies, he and his mother struggle to earn enough money to survive. They quickly lose their house and must move to a less expensive area. While this tiny family doesn’t have much, they have each other. At church, the pastor asks the congregation to create a box of love for a family that recently lost everything in a fire. James doesn’t know what he could possibly give to the family, but his mother keeps reminding him that so long as the gift comes from the heart it will be appreciated. James is on a mission to find the best gift.
I was drawn to the use of differing textiles throughout the book. While the scene is crafted with line drawings, the materials, clothing, and some objects are created with textiles. It adds to the realistic feel of the book, even though it is illustrated. Also, the unique details added round out the story, like with the name on the doghouse and the image on the puzzle next to James’s bed.
Title: You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks
Author/Illustrator: Evan Turk
Traveling across the country, this book highlights different scenes from America’s National Parks. Animals and landscapes at varying times of the day take center stage. It is a great way to see all our country has to offer.
While there isn’t much to the story here or text, the rich visual presence is astounding. As I was paging through the book, I found myself slowing down to take in the entire page. I could almost hear an orchestra playing as I was reading. The chalk drawings truly evoke the natural world and enrich the scene. I love this book and plan on sharing it with many people.