What do you think of the REAL Caldecott winners?

So, I bet a lot of you watched the awards live online. If you didn't, here's the link where you can see what happened this morning http://ala.unikron.com/2017/

I'm putting this post up really fast so you all have a place to respond to the winners. Martha and Robin and I will chime in later.


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe won the 2017 Caldecott Medal

The committee chose four honor books:

SO what do you all think?

[Edited to add this link to the Horn Book Magazine review for each of these books.]

Lolly Robinson

Lolly Robinson is the former creative director for The Horn Book, Inc. She has degrees in studio art and children's literature and teaches children's literature at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has served on the Caldecott and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committees and blogged for Calling Caldecott and Lolly's Classroom on this site.

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Joanne Rubenstein

My students (K-6) were thrilled to figure out the language in Du Iz Tak?, and I was equally thrilled with my fluency after 35+ readings. All of the classes connected with They All Saw a Cat, and they hooted with glee at Leave Me Alone! we the grandmother so matter-of-factly went from the mountain to the moon and then through the wormhole. I am just starting Radiant Child, and am looking forward to seeing the children's response to this beautiful book.

Posted : Jan 31, 2017 01:19

Christie Wyman

I think it would be wonderful if classroom teachers, such as myself, could somehow have a say in the awards. We read books to our students day in and day out. We are on the front lines, too, sharing these works and having deep conversations about stories and their illustrations with our students. At times our choices would have been very different. Something to consider in the future, perhaps.

Posted : Jan 29, 2017 02:11

Sam Juliano

Just a little trivia here. I think this was the first time we had a book that ended with a question mark and another with an exclamation mark winning in the same year. :)

Posted : Jan 26, 2017 03:17

Martha V. Parravano

I'm thrilled with the committee's choices as well! Beyond thrilled, really. Fantastic work, Caldecott committee!! And yes, Allison, this IS the first time a book has won both the CSK and the Caldecott. Jerry Pinkney was the first African American artist to win the Caldecott as an individual (the Dillons won as a team) for "Lion and the Mouse"; and that book didn't win the CSK (since it's not really a reflection of the black experience, which is one of the CSK criteria). So this Monday was a truly historic day: first time a book won FOUR awards (March: Book Three); first time a picture book won both the Caldecott and the CSK. (And this might not be relevant for Calling Caldecott, but it's also the first time, believe it or not, that Ashley Bryan has ever been recognized by either a Caldecott or a Newbery committee. High time! Yipppeeee!!

Posted : Jan 24, 2017 07:59

Tess Prendergast

What a line-up, what a year of books! I think Radiant Child is a wonderful pick for the 2017 Caldecott Medal, so well deserved, it is stunning. I am thrilled with honors for Freedom in Congo Square, They All Saw a Cat and Du Iz Tak? Leave Me Alone! is the only one I am not yet familiar with (still not sure how I missed it as I thought I had scoured all the lists!) and I am looking forward to discovering its merits too. I ran a successful Mock for the first time and our slate was fairly close to the the real one so I was happy about that as it so much fun trying to guess what will make their line-up. Like everyone always does, I had some other favourites and hope to see them on the ALSC notables lists soon.

Posted : Jan 24, 2017 01:56

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