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Oct 31 2014

Picture this!

by Dea Anne M

I have always loved children’s picture books. Working for DCPL is especially animaliarewarding in this regard as I am exposed to so many wonderful picture books both new and old. I even have a small collection of favorites at home. One of my most treasured books is Graeme Base’s fun and elaborate alphabet book Animalia. While this book has won several awards in Australia, it did not win the Caldecott Medal. Indeed, by the rules of the Caldecott committee, Base as an Australian author/illustrator would not have been eligible as the Caldecott is awarded each year to the “most distinguished American picture book for children.” Since its inception in 1938, the Caldecott medal has been lionawarded to many worthy and wonderful titles including Make Way for Ducklings (1942) by Robert McCloskey, Where the Wild Things Are (1964) by Maurice Sendak, and The Lion and the Mouse (2010) by Jerry Pinkney. You’ll find a complete list of Caldecott Medal winners and honor books here.  You can view Caldecott winners owned by DCPL on our Pinterest page. The board for the winners 1938-1976 is here and the winners 1977-2014 are here.

Speaking of Pinterest, be sure to check out a brand new feature that DCPL is offering through our Pinterest collection.  Inspired by the spirit of the this bookCaldecott awards, DCPL Youth Services staff will regularly be nominating theme-appropriate picture books and you can help us pick each month’s winner by “liking” your favorite (click the little heart button). Check out November’s “Dekalbecott” nominees here. The theme is fall inspired picture books and nominees include such fun titles as Fall Ball by Peter McCarty, Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, and (probably my favorite) This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne.

What are your favorite picture books?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Joseph M November 3, 2014 at 10:56 AM

One of my favorite picture books is St. George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1985. Other favorites of mine include most books by Dr Seuss and Bill Peet.

Jesse M November 4, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Like Joseph I remain a big fan of authors like Bill Peet and Dr. Seuss. I was particularly interested in the exotic fictional animals both authors concocted, so may favorite titles were books like No Such Things by Bill Peet and If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss.

Mia M. November 4, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I am a huge picture book fan:) Jon Klassen is one of my current favorites and I love the Olivia books by Ian Falconer. One book that I recently came across, What’s Your Favorite Animal?, is a true delight. The picture book starts with Eric Carle and his favorite animal and the rest of the book is filled with other children’s book illustrators and their favorite animals, such as Lane Smith, Nick Bruel, Mo Willems, and of course Jon Klassen!

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