Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
Copyright date: May 2011
Genre: Children’s picture book
Reason for Reading: I love the Caldecott winners.
Every year the American Library Association takes a look at childrens books published the previous year. They present medals and honorable mentions to the best of the best. There are awards for the best childrens book, best young adult, and the best picture book. The last one is the one I want to tell you about today.
Children’s picture books are extremely important, in my opinion. They are the books that can foster a life-long love of reading, as well as stir the imagination. The best way for a child to experience or “read” one of these books is to be in the center of a loved one’s lap, their arms around them or holding the book. There are no words in these books, so all the person reading te book has to do is ask simple questions such as, “What do you see?” or “What’s happening now?” The creativity that pops out will blow your mind and assure you that the future is secure.
This award is called the Caldecott Medal. The 2012 award was presented to Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy. This is the tale of Daisy, a sweet, fun loving dog. The story is told through light and airy drawings. Daisy is such a cheerful little dog that he will capture everyone’s heart.
As you can see from the first double page of the book above, Daisy’s ball is one of his favorite toys. As the story progresses, we see that something bad happens to Daisy’s ball. It’s an easy transition to talk about the loss a child may have experienced. I won’t tell you the rest of the story, but I will tell you that it ends well.
Over the years I’ve enjoyed reading almost all of the Caldecott winners. They are so refreshing for all readers no matter what the age. Of course, it’s best to experience these books with a small person, but I’ve read them by myself. Almost every library will have them. To see my review of last year’s winner, go here: The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Chris Raschka is the author/illustrator of more than 30 books and many of them have won awards. His Yo! Yes? was a Caldecott honor winner and Hello, Goodbye Window was the medal winner in 2007. For more about Chris there is a great feature on his inspiration for creating a book at the Teachers sectuion of Scholastic.
What is your experience with picture books? Have you read any of Chris Rachka’s books?