2011 Caldecotts

2011 Honor(s)

Winner imageDave the Potter: Artist, Poet Slave
illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Winner imageInterrupting Chicken
written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein, and published by Candlewick Press


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A Sick Day for Amos McGee

illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead, and is a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinc Publishers


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Margaret Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement – JIM MURPHY

Virginia Hamilton for Lifetime Achievement – WALTER DEAN MYERS

Arbuthnot Lecturer – LOIS LOWRY


WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb / Random House)

Honor Books:

Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose

The Evolution of Calpuria Tale by Kelly

Where the Moutain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick


THE LION AND THE MOUSE by Jerry Pinkney (Little Brown)

Honor Books:

All the World illustrated by Marla Frazee, written by Liz Garton Scanlon

Red Sings from Treetops illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Joyce Sidman

Michael L. Printz (excellence in literature for young adults)

GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray

Honor Books:

Charles and Emma by Deborah Heiligman

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

Tales From the Madman Underground by John Barnes

The Monstrologist

Wiliam C. Morris (outstanding first time author for young adults)

FLASH BURNOUT by L. K. Madigan (Houghton Mifflin

Honor Books:

Ash by Melina Lo

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

The Everafter by Amy Huntley

Hold Still by Nina LaCour

YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction (for YA)

CHARLES & EMMA by Heligman

Honor Books:

Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone

Written in Bone by Sally M. Walker

Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose

The Great and Only Barnum by Candice Fleming

Coretta Scott King Book Awards (African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults)


BAD NEW FOR OUTLAWS by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Carolrhoda)

Honor Books:

Mare’s Ware by Tanila S. Davis


MY PEOPLE illustrated by Charles R. Smith, written by Langston Hughes

Honor: Illustrators:

THE NEGRO SPEAKS OF RIVERS illustrated by E.B. Lewis, written by Langston Hughes



Schneider Family Book Award (books that embody the artistic expression of the disability experience for children and adolescents)

CHILDREN: DJANGO by Bonnie Christensen (Roaring Brook)

MIDDLE SCHOOL: ANYTHING BUT TYPICAL by Nora Raleigh Baskin (Simon & Schuster)

TEEN: MARCELO AND THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork (Scholastic)

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award (distinguished book for beginning readers)

BENNY AND PENNY IN THE BIG NO NO! by Geoffrey Hayes (Raw Junior)

Honor Books:

I Spy Fly Guy by Ted Arnold

Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends by Wong Herbert Yee

Pura Belpre Award (Latino authors and illlustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in children’s books)


RETURN TO SENDER by Julia Alvarez (Knopf)

Honor Books:

Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen Bernier-Grand

Frederico Garcia Lorca


BOOK FIESTA illustrated by Rafael Lopez, written by Pat Mora, (Rayo)

Honor Books:

Diego illustrated by David Diaz, written by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

My Abuelita illustrated by Yuyi Morales, written by Tony Johnston

Gracia Thanks illustrated by John Parra, written by Pat Mora

ROBERT F. SIBERT AWARD (distinguished informational book for children)

ALMOST ASTROMAUTS by Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick)

Honor Books:

The Day-Glo Brothers by Chri Barton

Moonshot by Brain Floca

Claudette Colvin by Phillips Hoose

Mildred L. Batchelder Award (outstanding children’s book translation)

A FARAWAY ISLAND by Annika Thor, translated by Linda Schenck (Delacorte)

Honor Books:

Eidi by Bodil Bredsdorff, tr. by Kathryn Mahaffy

Moritito II by Nahoko Uehashi, tr. By Cathy Hirano, ills. By Yuko Shimizu

Odyssey Award (excellence in Audiobooks)


Honor Audiobooks:

In the Belly of the Bloodhound

Peace Locomotion

We Are the Ship

Andrew Carnegie Medal (excellence in children video)


Alex Awards (10 best adult books with appeal to teens)












Mice and Beans

Author: Pam Munoz Ryan

Illustrator: Joe Cepeda

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publication Date: 2001

Genre: Picture Book

Audience: Pre-K-Gr.3

Awards: American Library Association Notable Children's Book (2002)

Overview: In this bilingual conversion of English and Spanish, meet Rosa Maria in her tiny little house and spend every day of the week preparing for a birthday party extravaganza! Learn how to make a birthday cake, fresh lemonade, enchiladas, rice and beans, and a piƱata for this family celebration that truly shows how big the heart can be. Be careful, though, not the let the mice get in the way.

Reviewer’s Name: Nadeline Fleischer

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Author: Majorie Priceman

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: 1994

Genre: Picture Book

Audience: Gr. Pre-K - 3

Overview: Baking warm, sweet apple pie requires many ingredientsBut, OH NO! The market is closed! That’s okay, travel the world to get fresh ingredients! When you come home you will have warm pie and great adventures to share with friends and family!

Activity: If your kids like this picture book, surely they would enjoy Hot Air, which is also written by Majorie Priceman. A template for a picture flip book that illustrates the main events of this book would be a fun activity for the children to do after reading it.

Reviewer’s Name: Nadeline Fleischer

Mrs. Biddlebox

Author: Linda Smith

Illustrator: Marla Frazee

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: 2002

Genre: Picture Book

Audience: Gr. 1-5

Overview: Learn how Mrs. Biddlebox turns her bad day around just in time for a warm supper and a good nights sleep. With a good attitude and a little bit of magic, you too can turn around a bad day!

Activity: Children can brainstorm the “before and after” of this book? What do you think happened that made the day to horrible for Mrs. Biddlebox, and how do you think her next day went?

Reviewer’s Name: Nadeline Fleischer

The Wolves in the Walls

Author: Neil Gaiman

Illustrator: Dave McKean

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: 2003

Genre: Picture Book

Audience: Gr.4+

Overview: From the author of New York Time’s Bestseller, Coraline, this picture book, perfect for Halloween time, combines spooky illustrations with a spooky tale. What happens to the house with wolves in the wall? And the family that lives in it? Read and find out!

Activity: Around Halloween, this book could be read in order to spark imagination to write a spooky story.

Reviewer’s Name: Nadeline Fleischer

Stella Louella’s Runaway Book

Author: Lisa Campbell Ernst

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication Date: 1998

Genre: Picture Book

Audience: Gr. K-4

Awards: Bill Martin, Jr. Picture Book award (2000)

Overview: This cumulative story retells the unfortunate events of a little girl who misplaced her library book on the day it is due! All day Stella Louella frantically searches for her book, which has been picked up, read, and placed in many different places! Will Stella Louella find her library book in time to return it to the librarian? Find out!

Activity: This is a great book to read to Kindergarteners before they begin using their school library. Or-jumpstart a discussion about responsibility, and what else in our lives we need to be responsible for.

Reviewer’s Name: Nadeline Fleischer

Iktomi and the Berries

Author/Illustrator: Paul Goble

Publisher: Orchard Books

Publication Date: 1989

Genre: Folktale

Audience: Pre-K-2

Overview: Caldecott Medalist Paul Gobel re-tells the Plains Indian folk tale of Iktomi, which is a Sioux name meaning spider. In this story Iktomi goes out to hunt for food. He sees red berries in the water, wants to pick them to eat, but can’t figure out how to get them out of the water. Iktomi must continue to try to get the berries to take home to his family. There is a great lesson at the end of the story.

Activity: Students can draw a picture of Iktomi trying to get the berries out of the water.

Reviewer’s Name: Paula Pavon

The Spider and the Fly

Author: Mary Howitt

Illustrator: Tony DiTerlizzi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster 

Publication Date: 2002

Genre: Alphabet, Animals, Picture Book, Poetry, Fable

Audience: Pre-K-2

Awards: Caldecott Honor Book, ALA Notable Children’s Books, Beehive Award Master List (UT)

Overview: A haunting tale, based on a 1800’s poem by Mary Howitt, about a devious spider who coerces an innocent little fly into his parlor of no return. The illustrations in black and white provide details about the story that would not otherwise be known.

Activity: This fable could be used around Halloween, as a light horror story.  You could then have students write their own horror story.  Have students share their stories with the rest of the class. 

Reviewer’s Name: Kristen

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Author/Illustrator: Mordicai Gerstein

Publisher: MacMillan

Publication Date: 2003

Genre: Biography, Historical

Audience: 3+

Awards: Caldecott Medal, Carnegie Medal

Overview: Paintings in the form of a comic strip, help tell the tale of Philippe Petit, the man who walked between the Twin Towers.  He secretly planned his walk despite the odds against him but paid the price for his actions in the end.  In this story, Petit is remembered as a legend for his courage to do the impossible.

Activity: Have students pretend they took the walk of Philippe Petit on the wire.  Have them write a poem from their perspective, about how they would act and feel on that cable high in the sky.

Reviewer’s Name: Kristen

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Illustrator: Greg Shed

Publisher: Harcourt Books

Publication Date: 2000

Genre: Multi-Cultural, Picture Book, Historical

Audience: 3+

Awards: ABA’s Pick of the List, Knickerbocker Award, NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies

Overview: A story about Squanto and his interactions with the English settlers. While he encounters hardships and triumphs, he is able to become a peacemaker between Indian tribes and the English, and eventually they are able to indulge in Thanksgiving together.

Activity: Have students write a thank-you letter to Squanto, for keeping the peace and for creating the first thanksgiving. Then have students write cards to others whom they are thankful for.

Reviewer’s Name: Kristen

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses

Author/Illustrator: Paul Goble

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication Date: 1978

Genre: Animals, Fables, Folktale, Picture Book

Audience: 3+

Awards: Caldecott Medal, ALA Notable Children’s Book, CBC/ NCSS Notable Children’s Book in Social Studies

Overview:  One day a young native American girl gets lost in the wilderness with a herd of wild horses and loves living with them.  A few years later hunters find her, and she goes home to her parents, and realizes that she misses being with the wild horses, so she goes back to live with them.  In the end she lives forever among the horses, where she belongs. 

Activity: Incorporate this story with a lesson about Native American culture.  Have students write their own Native American legend. 

Reviewer’s Name: Kristen

The Little Island

Author: Margaret Wise Brown

Illustrator: Leonard Weisgard

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 1946

Genre: Animals, Picture Book, Young Adult

Audience: 3+

Awards: Caldecott Medal

Overview: The little island in the middle of the ocean experiences the many changes of the weather and seasons.  This little island is quite big to all the creatures that live on it. The beautiful watercolors along side the poetic text, helps to paint a clear picture of the island in the readers mind. 

Activity: Have students take a sentence or two from the book and draw a picture to accompany the text.  Take the completed work and make a book out of it. 

Reviewer’s Name: Kristen


Author/Illustrator: Loren Long

Publisher: Penguin Group

Publication Date: 2009

Genre: Animals, Picture Book

Audience: Pre-K-2

Overview: Otis is an old rundown tractor who is replaced by a big new yellow tractor, and is put into misery when he is left outside because he is no longer of use.  But when his friend, the young calf gets stuck in the mud, he is the only one that is able to get her out.

Activity: Have students think about how Otis helped out the calf.  Have them come up with a list of thing the can do to help out others in the classroom.  Post this list somewhere as a reminder of what they can do.

Reviewer’s Name: Kristen

Many Moons

Author: James Thurber

Illustrator: Louis Slobodkin

Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company (not on website)

Publication Date: 1943

Genre: Picture Book, Young Adult, Folklore

Audience: 3+

Overview:  Princess Lenore was feeling ill and told her father that in order for her to get better he would have to get her the moon. The King sought out many different members of his court to get the moon, but they all claimed that it would be impossible. The princess is tricked into believing that she was wearing the moon around her neck, so now the real moon needs to be hidden from the princess. 

Activity: Have students discuss what one thing they would wish for in the entire world.  Have them write about how this wish would be granted or why it wont be. 

Reviewer’s Name: Kristen