Saturday, January 16, 2016

Mock Caldecott Finalists - Batch 2

Each January, the American Library Association awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist of "the most distinguished American picture book for children." The 2016 winners were announced last week, but first- and second-graders are still making it through our Mock Caldecott list. After reading another six books, these two titles will be moving on to the final vote in a couple of weeks:
Red: A Crayon's Story
Michael Hall

Red's label says he is red. But all of his coloring turns out blue. His parents, teacher, and art supply friends all try to help him be red, but he just can't do it. Finally, a new friend sees him for who he is.

As the author's web site notes,"This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book [is] about finding the courage to be true to your inner self."
Night Animals
Gianna Mariano

A possum, a skunk, a wolf, and a bear are TERRIFIED; it's late at night, and they hear NIGHT ANIMALS. Told completely in dialogue, this story about nocturnal creatures freaking out made the kids laugh. Especially when poor possum keeps fainting.

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