November 3, 2008

Caldecott medal and honor books

Filed under: art,literature — origamifreak @ 5:14 pm
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It’s harder than you might think, to get a list of Caldecott Medal and Honor books with links to Amazon, but I finally found one:

1938-1969 and 1970-present

I found this out by looking for a book I loved as a child, about a clever little fish who ganged up with a bunch of other little fish to mimic a big fish for protection. Having no idea of the title or author but recalling that the illustrations were simple yet effective, I started with the list of books singled out for Caldecott mention. (My mom was big on those Caldecott and Newbery winners. If the Scholastic Book Club didn’t sell it, then we got it from the library. As a result, I was exposed to most of the winners up to about 1970.)

My hunch was correct; the book was Swimmy, a Caldecott Honor book from 1964 (beaten out that year for the Medal by the well-known and loved Where the Wild Things are).

Curious about the rest, I hunted and hunted for a list with functional links. The 2007 winner, Flotsam, looks very interesting, coincidentally also with a fishy theme.

For those researching books for children, here is a handy list of similar awards.


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