The verdict is in!
After months of evaluating beautiful books of 2016,
the Jefferson County Library Kids' Caldecott committee has chosen their favorites.
The envelope, please...
The Night Gardener by the Fan brothers.
The committee found the Fan brothers' illustrations excellent,
with great hints and subtleties in visual story,
and a story itself both inspiring and hopeful.
Our Mock Caldecott honors:
Ada's Violin by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
Ada's Violin captivated our committee with its powerful true account and its collage illustrations.
The Storyteller by Evan Turk
wowed us with layer upon layer of story and meaning, woven in both text and illustrations.
The kids were also quite impressed that Mr. Turk used
sugared tea, indigo, and fire in the making of the illustrations.
Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campos & Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael Lopez
Our committee appreciated the vibrant exuberance in Maybe Something Beautiful,
as well as the true story of how art transformed a neighborhood.
Return by Aaron Becker
This wordless book fascinated our kid voters.
They discovered intricate details tucked within each page,
and appreciated the fantastical world Becker created in his book trilogy.
They liked that the story dove deep, like a mystery.
And our children's librarian Martha Ashenfelter came up with the best Caldecott treat yet!
Sparked by the colorful illustrations and murals from Maybe Something Beautiful,
Martha helped kids created their own edible canvases
with graham crackers, frosting, candy, and apricots.
A party with Caldecotts and apricots.
Thank you, Jefferson County Library.
I'm grateful to have been part of another year of Mock Caldecott goodness.
Hooray for beautiful books
and stories that inspire!
Here are the official American Library Associaton's picks:Caldecott Award:
Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe
They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie