I haven’t seen these on many Caldecott lists, but they were still among my favorites this year, for one reason or another. I got the list down to six, but couldn’t eliminate any more.
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Published by HMH Books for Young Readers.
Everything about this book is simply perfect. Cute characters (and really, they’re a stick and a stone, so well done, Tom Lichtenfeld), catchy rhymes, and a message of friendship–a perfect 10.
How the Sun Got to Coco’s House by Bob Graham. Published by Candlewick.
This story travels around the world, then ends up in Coco’s house and yard. Just right for showing young children a big, beautiful world, and how they are a part of it.
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall. Published by Greenwillow Books.
Don’t label. Told in a way even the youngest kids will get.
The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle by Jude Isabella, illustrated by Simone Shin. Published by Kids Can Press.
Can one person make a difference? Yes! And talk about paying it forward, this bicycle just keeps on giving as it moves from one incarnation to the next.
How to Read a Story by Kate Messner, illustrated by Mark Siegel. Published by Chronicle Books.
I found myself recommending this book to teachers all year–as an introduction to independent reading, as a mentor text for expository writing, and as an engaging story to illustrate the joys of stories.
Everybody Sleeps (But Not Fred) by Josh Schneider. Published by Clarion Books.
A bedtime story that will also make adult readers chuckle.