Thursday, January 26, 2012

LOOK AT US!!! & this years Caldecott winners!

Big News around here.... Our website looks NEW and DIFFERENT and REALLY GREAT!  Thanks to Brooke over at Babbling Brooke Designs we've been made over.  We really can't express how happy we are with  this new look!  Brooke was SOOOO great to work with- and seriously we were a pain.  We were vague about what we wanted yet very opinionated about everything.  Regardless of all that Brooke stuck it out and WOW!!!, right???  We're still ironing out the few kinks & we've got work to do up in all of our tabs... but we'll get to all that.  Again THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Brooke (really anyone in need of web design, you should definitely contact Brooke).

As for today's post:

Caldecott winners for this year (2012) were announced earlier this week.  I'd like to say I'd been waiting on pins and needles for the announcement... the Truth is I didn't even know it was coming (so much for being a self acclaimed children's book aficionado).  Luckily I've got a husband who helps me out with these things and who listens to NPR to and from work.  On Tuesday he heard the announcement, complete with interview from Author Chris Raschka (you can hear it too, just click here).  So if you haven't yet heard...

The 2012 Medal winner is...
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

This is a cute book about a dog (Daisy) and the ball she loves dearly.  It's a book of loss, mourning, recovery and friendship.  And it's also a wordless picture book.  Honestly the first time I flipped through the pages I wasn't sure why this book was the winner (is that bad of me to say?).  But, I must add on further time spent really looking at the illustrations I began to understand.  Rashcka draws what seem to be (at first glance) very simple illustrations, the truth is when I really looked I found those simple lines of watercolor & ink to be truly complex.  It's astounding the amount of emotion he was able to convey.  The pictures do an amazing job of telling the story... and that's pretty much what Caldecott is all about. 

 Here are a few glimpses inside the book...

I say, Congratulations to Mr. Chris Raschka!  (It's worth noting that he received a Caldecott Honor back in 1994 for his book Yo! Yes? ).

Every year the Caldecott Medal Selection committee awards the Medal to one book while giving Caldecott honors to three others.  Here they are for 2012...

Blackout by John Rocco

I want to read this book.  I have not read it yet.  Sadly it was not available at my library (though I dare say it will be after this week).  If you have read it, let me know what you thought.  While at the library I was able to pick up Wolf! Wolf! also by John Rocco.  I LOVED it.  It's safe to say I will be reviewing that book sometime in the future.

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

I couldn't get this one either... again, let me know how it is, it looks cool.

Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Okay, so this one I did get.  It is absolutely wonderful.  The illustrations are really really fantastic.  The story is about young Jane who has a love and fascination for the outdoors and all things living... Jane is Jane Goodall.  This book truly is beautifully written and beautifully illustrated.  The end includes information on Jane Goodall and a message from her as well.  It's one of those inspiring, live your dreams kind of books... and I like that.  Now I have to share a bit of what's inside the covers...

That should give you an idea... and I've gone on for long enough!

Really, I'd love to know what your thoughts are on this years winners (and do you like our new look?)

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