The Caldecott is a prestigious award named after Randolph Caldecott. The award is given to the artist/illustrator of the best American published books.
When I was the librarian in Denver, I had a 2nd grader that was fascinated with my "Caldecott Medal Winners" poster and checked out every single winner. I feel a bit like that little boy b/c every year I check out the Caldecott Medal and Honor (runner-ups) books.
This year, the 2018 Caldecott Medal Winner is:
The 2018 Caldecott Honor books are:
Some Caldecott years I completely adore all of the books for their story and illustrations, and some years I think the pictures are cool but the stories are lacking. This year, I'm probably somewhere in between. I thought some books were amazing, and I loved the diversity in the books.
Check out the links above for my reviews on each of the Caldecott books this year.
Which Caldecott book this year is your favorite? I'd probably vote for Grand Canyon, but maybe that is my Arizona connection. Though, I really loved A Different Pond as well.
Happy Caldecott reading!