I talked about our Mock Caldecott program set up here, so it’s time to talk about our week 3 books and the three finalists for our library!
Week Three Books and Book Club: Sadly, no one showed up to our week 3 book club, so I can’t talk about how these books worked with the kids. I’ll do a mock Caldecott wrap up sometime next week, but suffice it to say that while the passive part of the program was a lot of fun and worked really well, the actual book club was less successful.
Gravity, written and illustrated by Jason Chin. There’s something fun and lovely in the illustrations here. There’s also some humor and wit in the illustrations that I really responded to. I also love books like this that explain science concepts to kids in an easy to understand way. I feel like this is a book kids will love and parents will love sharing with their kids. It’s great for younger kids and older kids alike, and it’s a nonfiction book that would work well in storytime.
A Dance Like Starlight, written by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. I really loved both the story of dreaming and dancing, and the beautiful, soft illustrations. They melded to create a wonderful reading experience. This is a great introduction to Janet Collins, the first black prima ballerina, and will be a lovely read for aspiring dancers everywhere.
Viva Frida, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales. The arresting images here just need to be looked at. The book feels very surreal to me. My one concern with the book is that it didn’t make a lot of sense to me until I read the author’s note at the end. Once I did that, and reread the book, it all came together, but I do wonder how many kids are going to be familiar enough with Frida’s work, or will take the time to read the author’s note at the end in order to have the context to understand the book. I think either way that they will enjoy poring over the pictures.
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet. This was my favorite picture book biography that I read this year. I love words, and thesauri, and just loved Roget’s story. The illustrations are just amazing–detailed and fascinating. You could spend hours looking at this book without getting bored. Melissa Sweet is on quite a roll this year–I’ve seen her mentioned for possible Caldecott contention for both this book and Firefly July. While I loved them both, to me the illustrations, and the look into Roget’s world, make this the stronger contender.
And the winner of week 3 is (drum roll please): Gravity! I can see why this fun and educational book won. It has tons of kid appeal, and is a great read.
And our 3 finalists are:
- Gravity, written and illustrated by Jason Chin
- Where’s Mommy? written by Beverly Donofrio and illustrated by Barbara McClintock
- The Adventures of Beekle, written and illustrated by Dan Santat
We will be holding voting on our finalists over the weekend and will announce our winner with the actual Caldecott winner on Monday when the library opens! I’ll be curious to see how our patrons vote in comparison to the Caldecott committee.