Monday, January 27, 2014

CALDECOTT 2014: And the winner is...

Brian Floca took home the biggest honor for an illustrator this morning when his artwork for Locomotive was awarded the 2014 Caldecott Medal.  Though it wasn't my first choice, it's definitely worthy.

I was routing for Aaron Becker and his gorgeous watercolor and ink book, Journey , so I was thrilled when it was declared a Caldecott Honor Book.  Another favorite of mine, Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, was also named as an Honor Book.  The great David Wiesner was also honored for Mr. Wuffles! .

Also, a little shout out to Peter Brown's Mr. Tiger Goes Wild and Jon Klassen's The Dark .  Though neither got it, I thought they both deserved some Caldecott attention.  And Erin Stead too, for If You Want to See a Whale .  There were so many great, beautiful books this year.

Tomorrow I'll talk about some of my other favorite selections from the 2014 ALA Awards.  I love celebrating great books, and the people who create them.

You can view the official ALA extensive list of winners {here}.

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