Like many of my colleagues, I’m eager to hear which books will be announced at the Youth Media Awards (think Oscars for youth services librarians) on Jan. 28. In particular, I’m following the Caldecott race, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary. The Caldecott is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Receiving the award typically has a positive impact on sales.
A committee of librarians from around the country reviews picture books published in the award year to make the decision. (This is a lot of books!)
To get in the spirit, here are some of my 2012 favorites:
“Extra Yarn” by Jon Klassen
“More” by I.C. Springman and illustrated by Brian Lies, is about a magpie who collects things and realizes that more is (at a certain point) too much.
“Otter and Odder” by James Howe and illustrated by Chris Raschka
“I, Too, Am America” by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Bryan Collier
“Jangles” by David Shannon