As I was with the Newbery, last year I went 0 for 5 on my Caldecott predictions. Find out on January 28 if I did any better this year. It’s not a super original list; every illustrator on it has won at least one Caldecott.
The Stuff of Stars by Marian Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Published by Candlewick
This wasn’t a personal favorite, but I have a great appreciation for the artistry that went into capturing the creation and history of the universe from before the Big Bang to the present day.
Hello Lighthouse! by Sophie Blackall
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
The artwork may not be innovative enough for a Caldecott, but it is so gorgeous and captures the feel of living in the small, round interior of the lighthouse.
Drawn Together by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat
Published by Disney-Hyperion
The detailed artwork in this book amazes me, particularly when I consider I reviewed four books illustrated by Dan Santat this year. Obviously, his prolific output doesn’t affect the quality of his work. I was rooting for him last year for After the Fall. Maybe this year.
Published by Roaring Brook Press
So far, three fourth and fifth grades at my schools have chosen this book as their number one Caldecott choice. Deceptively simple, the art tells the story masterfully.
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
Published by Scholastic
Win or lose, this book is destined to become a classic with kids just learning to read. The text is simple enough for the earliest reader, yet the detailed illustrations will be appreciated by adults. It’s likely to win a Geisel Award as well.