Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Caldecott Soup

In November's gusty gale I will flop my flippy tail
and spout hot soup.
I'll be a whale!
Spouting once, spouting twice,
spouting chicken soup with rice.
- Chicken Soup With Rice, A Book of Months, by Maurice Sendak
It may not be spouting hot soup, but good news is easy to slurp about:
I get to help run Kids' Mock Caldecotts at the library!

And what a library! They've ordered heaps of new books,
which the spectacular librarian Martha Ashenfelter and I
deliberated and drooled over for hours
before whittling our selection to a mere 32 book beauties.

On the first three Thursdays in November,
our library kids will form a Caldecott Committee,
evaluate, debate, and vote for their favorite books of 2015.
In January, we'll hold a final vote,
followed by an awards party.

Doesn't it sound fantastic?

If you are a local friend who knows of some book-loving kids,
bring them in on November Thursdays!

I'll try to post about our delicious book picks and the Caldecott sessions
along the way.

 Doesn't it make you want to pick up a stack of picture books and start reading?


Dawn Simon said...

Yes, it sounds fantastic! What lucky kids to get to enjoy beautiful books while knowing their voices are being heard, and lucky you, too! It's such an interesting experience to witness firsthand what speaks to children--and not just the ones we're related to. Have fun! I look forward to learning the results!

Faith Pray said...

Thanks, Dawn! I'm eager to see what our kid voters think, which books they feel indifferent to, and which they fight for. It will be fun to compare our kid picks to sophisticated adult and ALA selections.

Marcus Ewert said...

Gosh! Thanks for throwing MUMMY CAT into the mix! (Am also a super big fan of DRUM DREAM GIRL!).

Hope you guys have a blast! Sounds extraordinary!

Faith Pray said...

Marcus Ewert, thanks for your thanks, and for your delicious book! I can't wait to watch the kids eat it up!


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