I'm very excited for today's ALA Youth Media Awards. Which books will earn the top awards? Soon we will all find out! For those that can't attend, make sure to tune into the live webcast starting at 7:45 A.M CT.
Before the announcements start, the kids and I would like to mention our favorites for the Caldecott. I personally think that Grandpa Green by Lane Smith is the most deserving of an award this year. As I wrote in my review, his book gracefully tackles the subject of aging and intergenerational relationships. With unusually lush, green illustrations, it's simply a beautiful book.
Of all the 2011 picture books, my daughter likes Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell the best. While we didn't review it, we did purchase the book last year after checking it out from the library twice. Usually that's a good sign it's a book we should own. Me...Jane tells the story of Jane Goodall's childhood and the illustrations have a scrapbook feel.
My son really likes Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage. It's a wordless picture book about a silly walrus and the book has an uncluttered, bold design. Searching for the walrus in the pictures is part of the fun.