Back in September we came up with a list of 2013 picture books we hoped to cover on this blog. As Robin said then, we make no promises, but we do want to discuss as many books on that list as we can. So, as a sort of Thanksgiving appetizer, here’s what’s coming up in the next few weeks as we hurtle toward January, and decision time:
Expect to see near-future Calling Caldecott posts on Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Dan Santat’s Crankenstein, Mo Willems’s That Is NOT a Good Idea!, and Castellucci/Varon’s Odd Duck. Designer Lolly wants to talk about digital illustration / Bob Shea’s Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great; seasoned schoolmarm Robin will look at picture books teachers love / The Matchbox Diary and The Day the Crayons Quit. And we’ll also be celebrating the international books we love this year, even though they aren’t eligible for the Caldecott.
After that, there’s just a handful of titles to come. My question to you all is: have you encountered a new picture book lately that you think is a must-discuss? (Something like Parrots over Puerto Rico?) Or, has a book we’ve overlooked grown on you over the past year such that you feel it deserves serious Caldecott consideration? (For instance, Lolly was captivated by the quiet Train.) Give it some thought over the holiday weekend, and let us know.
And, of course, happy Thanksgiving to all. We do have a stellar, diverse, and discussable group of picture books to be thankful for this year.