Five Caldecott Predictions

Take this post with a huge grain of salt: in the last five years, I’ve predicted 25 winners and gotten it right exactly four times. But it’s fun to keep trying, so here I go again.

I’ve put together a PowerPoint slideshow that could be used for a mock Caldecott award. This one includes 20 titles, with more information about each one. Let me know if you are interested, and I will send it to you!

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

Published by Chronicle Books

If You Come to Earth: Blackall, Sophie: 9781452137797: Amazon.com: Books

Will Sophie Blackall win her third Caldecott in five years? It seems unlikely, yet I love this book too much to keep it off the list. Her illustrations and story–a letter from a boy to an alien–capture what it means to be human, no matter what part of Earth you inhabit.

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Published by Orchard Books

All Because You Matter: Charles, Tami, Collier, Bryan: 9781338574852: Amazon.com:  Books

The link for this title takes you to my reviews for both this book and I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James. In a year when racism in America took center stage–again–it seems appropriate to recognize these two books. I particularly loved Bryan Collier’s brilliant (in all senses of the word) collage illustrations inspired by his grandmother’s handmade quilts.

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Published by Neal Porter Books

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera: Fleming, Candace, Rohmann, Eric:  9780823442850: Amazon.com: Books

The more I look at these illustrations, the more I am blown away by the amazing details Eric Rohmann captured in his paintings. The story unfolds in a surprisingly dramatic fashion, enhanced by the close-up illustrations.

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

Published by Roaring Brook Press

We Are Water Protectors - Kindle edition by Lindstrom, Carole, Goade,  Michaela. Children Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

This book really grew on me as the year went on, not only for its message of standing up for what you believe in (specifically the protests at Standing Rock), but for the watercolor illustrations featuring traditional Ojibwe clan symbols and the many forms and colors of water.

The Old Truck by Jerome Pumphrey and Jarrett Pumphrey

Published by Norton Young Readers

The Old Truck: Pumphrey, Jerome, Pumphrey, Jarrett: 9781324005193: Amazon.com:  Books

Here’s another book I came to appreciate more since its January release. I went from initially deciding not to review it to putting it on my Caldecott prediction list. I love the illustrations created from over 250 handcrafted stamps, as well as the story of hard work and resilience demonstrated by two generations of a farming family.

5 thoughts on “Five Caldecott Predictions

  1. Hi, I always love your Caldecott predictions and I’d love to have a copy of your PPT slideshow. Thank you so much, Deborah

    On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 7:43 AM A Kids Book A Day wrote:

    > Janet Dawson posted: ” Take this post with a huge grain of salt: in the > last five years, I’ve predicted 25 winners and gotten it right exactly four > times. But it’s fun to keep trying, so here I go again. I’ve put together a > PowerPoint slideshow that could be used for a moc” >

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  2. Its funny, I was also thinking about what book really deserves The Caldecott this year and The Water Protectors was on my short list. Another, which you did not mention, is Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson.

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  3. Hi. Would love to see your Caldecott slideshow. I am about to start a Caldecott unit this week.

    Thanks! and happy new year.

    *Susan Kitzen* *Librarian* *Mountain Way and Borough Schools*

    On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 8:44 AM A Kids Book A Day wrote:

    > Janet Dawson posted: ” Take this post with a huge grain of salt: in the > last five years, I’ve predicted 25 winners and gotten it right exactly four > times. But it’s fun to keep trying, so here I go again. I’ve put together a > PowerPoint slideshow that could be used for a moc” >

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