The Must-Read Books for Kids are Just a Click Away
If you’re anything like us (and we know you are!), you love exposing your kids to new books. There’s little more satisfying than watching your child develop a love for turning pages, examining pictures and eventually losing themselves in literature. So, when the American Library Association recently came out with their 2018 Caldecott Award Winners, we knew we had to share. Here they are:
The 2018 Caldecott Medal Winner Is…
Illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell, and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.
In this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an engrossing, emotionally charged story.
“HOOOOWWWLLLL!” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Tish Wilson. “Committee members were astonished that a deceptively simple book could be such a dramatic story of survival.”
Illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.
Simple and joyful domestic routines underscore the deeply entwined lives of two feline companions and the impact of loss on one. Cooper uses expressive black-and-white line art with strategic, evocative washes of color to convey the reassuring circular nature of life.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes, published by Bolden, an Agate Imprint, a Denene Millner Book.
Sometimes a haircut is so much more than just a haircut. Sometimes a haircut makes you royalty. A love-letter to the contemporary barbershop experience and the empowerment it affords, Gordon C. James’s impressionistic oil paintings capture every bit of the bravado, swagger, and joy of this African-American institution.
A Different Pond