2014 Caldecott Winners Announced

2014 Caldecott winners

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.


Martha V. Parravano
Martha V. Parravano
Martha V. Parravano is book review editor of The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog.
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Kate Coombs

My takeaway from all this is that the Superbowl's got nothing on us for being passionate about something, in this case beautiful, funny, poignant, unique picture books. Just got my copy of Locomotive and savored every page. Loaned my mom Mr. Wuffles, reread Journey and caught something I hadn't the first time… and there are many more, of course, some books still on my Amazon and library wish lists. Plus those I read standing in a bookstore (a fine tradition). Happy sigh.

Posted : Feb 03, 2014 06:15


I also want to thank Judy for sharing so much, so frankly.

Posted : Feb 02, 2014 05:22

Mike Jung

I think we can all rest assured that the Caldecott committee carried out their charge with tremendous clarity of purpose, commitment to excellence, attention to nuance, and respect for both the award process and the book creators whose work was under consideration. As I'm sure all of the award committees did. Creating children's books is a thoroughly human endeavor, with all the complexities and frailties that accompany humanity, and it's clear that the process of choosing the ALAYMA winners is an equally human endeavor. Bravo to Judy and all of the committee members for successfully carrying out a task which will inevitably fail to please every children's book lover in the world, and is possibly made more admirable by that inevitability.

Posted : Feb 01, 2014 01:32

Roxie Munro

Go, Judy! Your post needs to go viral.

Posted : Feb 01, 2014 01:26

Kate Barsotti

Thank you, Judy! While it is disappointing when deserving books are not awarded, I now have a better appreciation for the work of the committee. I love the art form of picture books and I am grateful other grown-ups (shhh! don't tell) love them, too.

Posted : Jan 31, 2014 11:43

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