Caldecott Medal Award Announcement Tomorrow

Randolph_CaldecottWho will win the 2015 Randolph Caldecott Award for the most distinguished American picture book for children?  It’s anybody’s guess, I suppose, but here are sixteen picture books from this past year that I think are mighty contenders, and worth buying whether they take the gold or not.

Gaston, Kelly DiPucchio

The Girl and the Bicycle, Mark Pett

The Right Word, Jen Bryant

Sparky, Jenny Offill

Brother Hugo and the Bear, Katy Beebe

Buddy and the Bunnies In: Don’t Play With Your Food, Bob Shea

Three Bears in a Boat, David Soman

The Iridescence of Birds: A book about Henri Matisse, Patricia MacLachlan

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, Patricia Hruby Powell

On the Wing, David Elliott

A Letter for Leo, Sergio Ruzzier

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold, Joyce Sidman

Bad Bye, Good Bye, Deborah Underwood

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird, Rita Gray

Draw, Raul Colon

The Farmer and the Clown, Marla Frazee

Any of these could be a winner, really, but awards are whimsical creatures, and if I were on the committee my vote would be for the fabulous Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual, a beautiful and nutty publication from Clarion.  But that’s just me.

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