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: The People’s Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice With Art
Author: Cynthia Levinson
Illustrator: Evan Turk
Summary: Immigrant Ben Shahn used his art to fight injustice starting in the early 1900s.
Caldecott Considerations: Evan Turk’s illustrations are a perfect representation of Shahn’s work. Turk’s images are filled with bold colors blended and layered to create emotions and mood. The illustrations mirror Shahn’s original art tying the story back to its subject. The colors and the depictions of people are similar to Shahn’s art. The changing tones and colors beautifully represent the change times of day and seasons. Turk has not been recognized by the Caldecott Committee, but The People’s Painter may get him noticed this year.