Caldecott Medal Winner 2011

“The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.” Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

2011 Medal Winner

Sick Day for Amos McGeeA Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead (Publisher: Macmillan, Roaring Book Press)

In this tender tale of reciprocity and friendship, zookeeper Amos McGee gets the sniffles and receives a surprise visit from his caring animal friends. Erin Stead’s delicate woodblock prints and fine pencil work complement Philip Stead’s understated, spare and humorous text to create a well-paced, gentle and satisfying book, perfect for sharing with friends. (Blurb from ALSC)

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2011 Honor Books

Dave the PotterDave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill (Publisher: Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group)

Collier’s arrestingly beautiful artistic interpretation of Hill’s poetic text reveals Dave the potter’s artistic process while also conveying the dignified triumph of his humanity in the face of oppression. Lush, earth-toned, multimedia collages are illuminated in soft, ethereal light that focuses the eye on the subject of each spread. (Blurb from ALSC)

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Interrupting ChickenInterrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein (Publisher: Candlewick Press)

Stein’s hilarious story presents Little Chicken and her long-suffering Papa, who just wants to get through a bedtime story without his daughter’s metafictive disruptions. Exuberant artwork shifts media and style, taking readers into three fairy tales, culminating in Little Chicken’s “Bedtime for Papa,” but truly delivering a story for all. (Blurb from ALSC)

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