Well, well, well, as Robin is wont to say.
In case any devoted followers of this blog missed it ;), the Caldecott winner and honor books were announced this morning, and they are:
Winner: Locomotive by Brian Floca
Honors: Journey by Aaron Becker; Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle; and Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
Congratulations to all the books, and kudos to the 2014 Caldecott committee for choosing some fine books amongst the extraordinary number of deserving picture books this year.
Here at Calling Caldecott, we can’t help but notice that several of the winners got a little extra love and attention from us — but that some of our other favorites are missing from the list. And that last year saw five honor books recognized, whereas this (very, very strong) year saw only three.
What do you think of the committee’s choices? Were there any surprises? Can you discern any trends or similarities among the winning books (outside their excellence)? We’d love to hear from you.