Thursday, January 12, 2012

We Love Art Group Predicts Children's Book Winners

The We Love Art Children's Book Group has chosen their picks for this year's Caldecott Award, an award for excellence in children's illustrations.  Their top choices are:
Tied for first place: Mouse and Lion by Rand Burkert and Nancy Ekholm Burkert and Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

 What the Children Had to Say: 

Wonderstruck is awesome. The charcoal and pencil illustrations are in black and white, but it's 'still interesting.' The changing perspective shows us the story close up and far away. They all wanted to check it out and read the entire story.

Mouse and Lion looks like colored pencil, but it's watercolor.  It is so detailed and fine.  The colors are calm, except when the lion and the mice are moving. We really like the color palette and the fine detail.

 Caldecott Honor Choice: Me...Jane by Patrick McDonnell

What the Children Had to Say: This story is watercolor with india ink and antique engravings. We love the photograph of the real Jane Goodall at the end and we love that her childhood dream came true when she was an adult and she visited Africa. The colors are bold and bright and the illustrations are in a cartoon style. The numerous, pale engravings are interesting to look at.

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