Caldecott Challenge Update, #2

Here’s my latest stack of Caldecott Books. I’ve been keeping busy with the 1940s and 1930s, but sneaking a few in there from other times, too! Last week, the 2012 Caldecott Awards were announced, thus increasing the total books to read to 310. Two of those new honor books I read recently–Blackout and Me . . . Jane. I look forward to finding the others, A Ball for Daisy and Grandpa Green, in my Caldecott stack sometime soon!

Find all of these books reviewed over at my Goodreads Caldecott bookshelf. You can also follow along in the discussions at Twitter using the hashtag #nerdcott, or join us in the stress-free Challenge! Find out more about the challenge here in Laura’s original post.

A bookstack snapshot

Total Books Read to-date: 87/310

Stack count: 15

Thoughts and highlights from this stack:

  • Oldest book: 1938 Caldecott Medal, Animals of the Bible
  • Newest book: 2011 Caldecott Medal, Sick Day for Amos McGee
  • 1947 was a good year for illustrator Leonard Weisgard–his work won both the Caldecott Medal (The Little Island) and a Caldecott Honor (Rain Drop Splash)

Some memorable books from the stack . . .


Forest Pool, written and illustrated by Laura Adams Armer

1939 Caldecott Honor

The story was so, so but the illustrations were stunning and very much in the spirit of Diego Rivera’s murals with the warm jewel tones and rounded edges. Gorgeous to thumb through.


Snow White, by Wanda Gág, 1939 Caldecott Honor

I loved the design of this book. My copy was large, probably 12″ x 12″, which is makes it nice for sharing. The margins are wide, and the lines of the text aren’t too tightly packed together. It really makes for a more pleasant reading experience when you’ve seen other books from the era. The story of Snow White is the familiar one, but with a few hints of the Three Little Bears in there as well.  My two girls, ages 7 and 10 liked it, though I suspect it might be too long for some readers. Like all Wanda Gág work, the illustrations are charming.


Many Moons, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, written by James Thurber

 Caldecott Medal 1944

While admittedly, it is a longer story, I still think it will appeal to kids, ages 7-10, with its clever story of the princess and very wise court jester. The illustrations are also nice. They are colorful with soft, blurred edges which is quite a contrast to the firm pen-lined drawings  in many other books of the era.


Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead

Caldecott Medal 2011

Oh, how I adore this book! It is simply a lovely combination of great art work accenting a sweet story about friendship. After reading it, I just can’t imagine the text not being paired with anything but these gentle yet very expressive illustrations. I borrowed this one from the library, but I bet somehow it will end up in my “permanent” collection soon!


One comment on “Caldecott Challenge Update, #2

  1. I am so intrigued by your oversized Snow White – my copy was quite small.
    Thanks for posting pictures.

    I love that the bus in Sick Day for Amos McGee is the #5 – love that pic.

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