Caldecott Challenge Update, #4

A Caldecott Snapshot

  • Total Books Read to-date: 104/310
  • Stack count: 5
  • Number of Inter-library loans: 5
  • Farthest Inter-library loan: You Can Write Chinese, ~836 miles, California State University-Hayward
  • Oldest book: 1944 Caldecott Honor, Pierre Pidgeon, illustrated by Arnold E. Bare and written by Lee Kingman
  • Newest book: 1947 Caldecott Honor, Timothy Turtle, illustrated by Tony Palazzo and written by Al Graham

My thoughts on the stack:

The 1940s continue to demonstrate they were a rather dry period for picturebooks. Several stories were really rather boring, but Timothy Turtle gave me hope! I hope you’ll get a chance to find this out-of-print book from your library or a used book seller. And, have I mentioned lately how much I love my library? Five out-of-print books delivered to my library from around the West and at no cost to me. Pretty cool, I say. Support your public libraries!

Some memorable books from the stack . . .


Sing Mother Goose

illustrated by Marjorie Torrey, and music by Opal Wheeler

1946 Caldecott Medal

Marjorie Torrey's Illustration for Ride a Cock Horse

This book has many familiar nursery rhymes with illustrations and sheet music to accompany. While I can’t declare you need to find this book to fulfill your nursery rhyme needs today, it does have some nice illustrations, and the music would be great for a teacher or family that is musically inclined. The book has three types of drawings: pen and ink, pen and ink with single color plates, and then full color plates. I was partial to the full color plates and their jewel tone colors, with details that reminded me of some Japanese wood block prints I have seen.


Timothy Turtle

illustrated by Tony Palazzo and written by Al Graham

1947 Caldecott Honor

This book stands out for its playful rhyming text that feels . . . well . . . like a storybook.  Palazzo’s pictures were a nice accompaniment to the writing, and I loved the expressive animals. Graham’s word choices were great, and even included unexpected vocabulary that made it a treat to read aloud. The design of the book is also very different than other books of the time, with non-traditional typesetting that is curved or even diagonal at times. Both my seven year-old and I thought it was fun. This is one worth tracking down!


Find all of these books reviewed over at my Goodreads Caldecott bookshelf. You can also follow along in the Newbery discussions, fondly called Nerdcott, 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 or Anna’s original post.


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