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The 2013 Caldecott Awards

…And the Winner is…

Which book would you choose for the Caldecott Medal?

With thousands of books to choose from, this year's 15 Caldecott Award Selection Committee Members had a difficult task ahead of them.

This year is the 75th Anniversary of The Caldecott Medal, a prestigious American Library Association (ALA) award, given annually to the year’s most notable American children's book illustrator. In 2012, the wordless book A Ball for Daisy, by Chris Raschka, took home the prize. The previous year, the award went to Erin Stead for her charming wood block printing masterpieces in A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee.

Which of your favorite picture books deserve such an award? Every year, hundreds of beautiful collages, prints, paintings, etchings, sketches, paper cut-outs and sculptures are created and turned into books beloved by children, but only one receives The Caldecott. That lucky winner joins the likes of Caldecott-winning artists Robert McCloskey (1942, 1958), Marcia Brown (1955, 1962, 1983), Maurice Sendak (1964), Arnold Lobel (1981), Chris Van Allsburg (1982, 1985) and more recently David Wiesner (1992, 2002, 2007), to name just a few. The first Caldecott was awarded to Dorothy P Lathrop in1938 forThe Animals of the Bible.

The ALA announced this year’s Caldecott Winner this morning.

Drumroll Please…

Congratulations to Jon Klassen for his illustrations in This is Not My Hat; a beautifully simple, dry and funny story of a tiny, overly confident fish who tries to steal a bowler hat from a very large, silent but ocean-wise fish. Klassen's ink and acryllic paintings are dark and expressive, and well worth this distinguished award. This gem will be an unforgettable favorite for years to come.

Check out all of this year's award winners and honors listed below!


This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
AmazonAshley W. Says: 2013 Caldecott Award Winner Jon Klassen
Amazon Says: WINNER OF THE 2013 CALDECOTT MEDAL! From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale. When a tiny f more...
Amazon Says: WINNER OF THE 2013 CALDECOTT MEDAL! From the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back comes a second wry tale. When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale. less...
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Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
AmazonAshley W. Says: Honor - Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Amazon Says: Die cut pages bring surprise after surprise in this magical new book from the "Queen of the concept book"—an intricate and satisfying homage to green, the color of all creat more...
Amazon Says: Die cut pages bring surprise after surprise in this magical new book from the "Queen of the concept book"—an intricate and satisfying homage to green, the color of all creation. How many kinds of green are there? There's the lush green of a forest on a late spring day, the fresh, juicy green of a just-cut lime, the incandescent green of a firefly, and the vivid aquamarine of a tropical sea. In her newest book, Caldecott and Geisel Honor Book author Laura Vaccaro Seeger fashions an homage to a single color and, in doing so, creates a book that will delight and, quite possibly astonish you.  Green is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012 Green is a 2013 Caldecott Honor Book less...
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One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
AmazonAshley W. Says: Honor - David Small
Amazon Says: When well-mannered Elliot reluctantly visits the aquarium with his distractible father, he politely asks whether he can have a penguin--and then removes one from the penguin p more...
Amazon Says: When well-mannered Elliot reluctantly visits the aquarium with his distractible father, he politely asks whether he can have a penguin--and then removes one from the penguin pool to his backpack. The fun of caring for a penguin in a New England Victorian house is followed by a surprise revelation by Elliot's father. less...
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Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
AmazonAshley W. Says: Honor - Jon Klassen
Amazon Says: Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller, is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transfor more...
Amazon Says: Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller, is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community.With spare, gently humorous illustrations and a palette that moves from black-and-white to a range of color, this modern fairy tale has the feel of a new classic.Extra Yarn is written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, who also won a Caldecott Medal for This Is Not My Hat.Supports the Common Core State Standards. less...
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Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
AmazonAshley W. Says: Honor - Pamela Zagarenski
Amazon Says: 2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep? more...
Amazon Says: 2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem. less...
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Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
AmazonAshley W. Says: Honor - Peter Brown
Amazon Says: In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit lov more...
Amazon Says: In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially Crackenhopper Field carrots. He eats them on the way to school. He eats them going to Little League. He eats them walking home. Until the day the carrots start following him...or are they?      Celebrated artist Peter Brown’s stylish illustrations pair perfectly with Aaron Reynold’s text in this hilarious picture book that shows it’s all fun and games…until you get too greedy. less...
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Erin E. Stead discusses the woodblock printing process for A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Ashley W. Says: Erin Stead, Award Winning Illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee, describes her wood block printing process.
YouTube Says: Watch this video to hear children's book illustrator Erin E. Stead talk about the woodblock printing process she used to create the picture book illustrations for A Sick Day f...
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