January 09, 2015

Caldecott Time!

We're offering two upcoming programs related to the Caldecott Medal. The Caldecott Medal is given annually by the American Library Association to the best-illustrated children's book; books for ages birth through 14 are eligible, so there's a wide range of possible winners. The 2015 Caldecott Medal winner will be announced on Feb. 2, and we're going to discuss -- and vote on -- some of the top possibilities at two different library programs before that.

On Monday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m., our monthly Caldecott Club will read and vote on our own finalists for 2015 Caldecott Medal; let's see how close we can get to the actual winner! Our finalists are the books that were the top winners at each Caldecott Club meeting from July through December, and we'll do a quick recap of each book before voting. So new members are most welcome at this January program. Our Caldecott Club is a family book club, and geared to both kids and adults. No registration is required, and lemonade and cookies will be served.

Then, on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 1-4 p.m., the library will hold its full-ever Mock Caldecott. This is an adults-only event, aimed at adults who love to read and discuss children's books. We've developed a list of 15 picture book finalists; you can see the list at the end of this blog, and we've also got print copies of the finalists list at the library. We do ask folks to register for the Mock Caldecott so we know how many people to expect. To register, go to Library - Takoma Park or call us at 301-891-7259.

Both of these Caldecott programs are a fun way for readers of all ages to learn about some great new children's books. Join us!

Read on for the list of 15 finalists we'll be discussing at our Jan. 24 Mock Caldecott.

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Baby Tree, written and illustrated by Sophie Blackall

The Right Word, written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Nana in the City, written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Draw!, written and illustrated by Raul Colon

Firebird, written by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers

A Dance Like Starlight, written by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

The Farmer and the Clown,written and illustrated by Marla Frazee

Extraordinary Jane, written and illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison

Firefly July, edited by Paul Janeczko and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

The Iridescence of Birds, written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Viva Frida, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales

A Boy & a Jaguar, written by Alan Rabinowitz and illustrated by Ca’Tia Chien

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art, written by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Bad Bye, Good Bye, written by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean

Posted by library at January 9, 2015 02:26 PM
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