Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4422-3922-7 • Hardback • August 2014 • $102.00 • (£78.00)
978-1-4422-3923-4 • Paperback • August 2014 • $54.00 • (£42.00)
978-1-4422-3924-1 • eBook • August 2014 • $51.00 • (£39.00)
Heidi Hammond, Ph.D has 23 years experience as a school librarian at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, and coordinates the school library media specialist portion of the MLIS program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Hammond served on the 2011 Randolph Caldecott Award Committee (Association for Library Service to Children) that selected A Sick Day for Amos McGee. She was a member of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee (Young Adult Library Services Association) that selected Tamora Pierce. She has also served on the editorial board of SLR-School Library Research (American Association of School Librarians).
Gail Nordstrom, M.L.I.S. rediscovered the power and delight of children’s books as a youth services librarian for Stillwater (Minnesota) Public Library, where she worked with children, teens, and caregivers for nineteen years. She is currently the public library consultant for Viking Library System in west central Minnesota. She continues to share her enthusiasm for children’s literature in workshops and conferences in the state. Nordstrom on the 2011 Randolph Caldecott Award Committee (Association for Library Service to Children) that selected A Sick Day for Amos McGee. She was also a member of the 2002 John Newbery Award Committee (ALSC) that selected A Single Shard. She has organized local Newbery and Caldecott mock discussions for librarians and teachers since 1997. Gail has served as judge for the Minnesota Book Awards and is a member of the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Selection Committee.
Part I: Books
Part II: Resources
- All the World
- A Ball for Daisy
- Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type
- Creepy Carrots
- Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
- Extra Yarn
- Flora and the Flamingo
- Freight Train
- Frog and Toad Are Friends
- Grandfather’s Journey
- Grandpa Green
- The Hello, Goodbye Window
- Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
- The House in the Night
- HUSH!: A Thai Lullaby
- In the Small, Small Pond
- Interrupting Chicken
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret
- Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
- King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub
- Kitten’s First Full Moon
- Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
- The Lion & the Mouse
- Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
- Make Way for Ducklings
- The Man Who Walked between the Towers
- Mr. Wuffles
- My Friend Rabbit
- No, David!
- Officer Buckle and Gloria
- One Cool Friend
- Owl Moon
- The Polar Express
- Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
- A Sick Day for Amos McGee
- Sleep Like a Tiger
- Snowflake Bentley
- The Snowy Day
- The Stinky Cheese Man & Other Fairly Stupid Tales
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
- This Is Not My Hat
- The Three Pigs
- What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?
- Where the Wild Things Are
- Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
Resource A: Selected Sources about Picture Book Art
Resource B: Randolph Caldecott Award Terms and Criteria
Resource C: Bibliography of Caldecott Entries
Resource D: List of Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938-2014
About the Authors
[T]he insider’s perspective on committee work will be of particular value to those professionals interested in serving on a committee as well as to readers who wonder exactly how the decision making process unfolds. . . . .the authors make an effort to look at how style, composition, medium, palette, and other elements work together to successfully fulfill the Caldecott requirement of 'delineation of plot, theme, characters, setting, mood, or information through pictures.'. . . .The 'For Further Consideration' section elaborates on some point brought up in the analysis and sometimes offers an interesting look at the author’s creative process...or the publishing process.This will be especially useful to readers who have never thought about picture book art beyond “cute” or “colorful,” and it provides a strong foundational vocabulary for analyzing picture book illustrations.
— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Anyone who has ever wondered what the Caldecott Committee talks about when behind closed doors will want to read Hammond and Nordstrom's fascinating work. This is a valuable collection of analysis and appreciation of many favorite books, and the glossary of art terms is a bonus. A valuable reference.
— Robin Smith, children's book reviewer
Give yourself a crash course in Caldecott award winning art. Practical and critical, pair this informative companion with copies of the books for a thorough look at what may have earned the title that shiny sticker on the cover.
— Laura Given, K-8 school librarian
Many people have grappled with the question of what truly makes a "distinguished" picture book. Heidi and Gail have merely cracked the code for you, providing insights into the great Caldecott winners that you will find nowhere else.
— Betsy Bird, youth materials specialist
Reading the Art in Caldecott Award Books is a treasure trove for picture book lovers! Hammond and Nordstrom share clear and perceptive analysis of these award-winning titles, as well as delightful nuggets about how these illustrators think and work. Their thorough research provides rich insights that will strengthen and deepen connections between this literature and the children you share it with.
— Carla Larsen, school library media specialist
An invaluable resource, not only for adults working with children, but for writers and illustrators as well. Hammond and Nordstrom provide remarkable insight into the craft and magic of picture book making. I found even more to love about my favorite Caldecott winners and a greater appreciation for those I may have underestimated.
— Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, children's author and youth services librarian
In this wonderful guide to the art of Caldecott winning books, the beauty of the picture book art is the star! A great resource for teachers, librarians, parents and professors who are looking at the significance of “distinguished art” in children’s books.
— JoAnn Jonas, youth materials selector and children's book reviewer
This is a must-have reference for librarians and children's literature enthusiasts. It is also a valuable resource for classroom teachers who wish to integrate award-winning books.
— School Library Connection