Hi All! It’s Becky. I’m back for another Mock Monday! This week I will be sharing with you a picture book 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: You Matter
Author and Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Summary: Robinson crafts a story of all the ways everyone matters even when they don’t seem to matter, when they are far away, or when they feel small.
Caldecott Considerations: Robinson’s illustrations are just gorgeous. The art is colorful collage combine with paints that draws the readers eyes and keeps your attention. The stark black and white backgrounds make the images pop. The word placement makes them stand out while not deterring from the art while the font is very child friendly. Robinson won Caldecott Honors for Last Stop on Market Street and this year he may just win the medal.
Title: Packs: Strength in Numbers
Author and Illustrator: Hannah Salyer
Summary: Wolves, penguins, buffalo, and even people are stronger in groups than by themselves and Salyer explores what these different groups are known in this breath taking picture book.
Caldecott Considerations: This book is just really beautiful. The double page spreads are painted gorgeously to illustrate groups of animals. Most of the illustrations are done in realistic warm colors while sporadically throughout the book Salyer added ink illustrations of single animals which highlights how much stronger the animals are in groups instead of on their own. Plus, the books final pages perfectly depicts the importance of social interactions among people. The book is filled with perfect pictures that are tied together with a great message. This is Sayler’s first book and it may just get her noticed by the Caldecott Committee.