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I went to ALA Midwinter while it was happening in Seattle last weekend, and it was amazing to walk the exhibits space and just see so many great books. I’m not as current with what’s happening in children’s lit since I left teaching, and I really miss it. I love being a full time, working writer, but…I love children’s books, and I love sharing them with kids. I was at ALA on Sunday, and then Monday morning they held the ALA Youth Media Awards, where they announce all the big winners in kidlit. This is what I watch every year for the announcement of the Newbery and Caldecott books, and then I immediately buy all of the Caldecotts for H’s collection–we have them all for every year of her life, plus the year I was pregnant (and lots of other years because I just love Caldecott books). I also picked up a lot of the other award winners announced on Monday, and by Tuesday they’d all arrived.

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January 23rd brought the 2017 ALA Youth Media Awards around again, and that meant we added the latest set of Caldecott books to H’s collection. I just realized that I don’t actually post about this every year when it happens, even though the collection grows and grows.

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The ALA Youth Media Awards were held on Monday at the ALA Midwinter Conference (very exciting library stuff), and the 2015 Caldecotts and Newberys are the┬ábiggest announcements. I did a roundup of the winners for GeekMom this week, but here at home we’re focused on the Caldecotts.

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Well…I am officially a new Contributor at Geekmom! I’m really excited about this, and my first post went up today. I did a roundup of the 2013 Caldecott books, something I never quite managed to get up on this blog.

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I can’t believe it’s been more than a week since I’ve posted. I’m not even sure why, this week just went really quickly. Last weekend was full of awesome birthday celebrations, which I will post more about in the next few days. And it’s just been quick and a little exhausting. We’re trying to work out a new morning and evening routine here, so we’ve been kind of hyper-focused on that. But the end result is that I have a pile of stuff to post about now, including the fact that H turned 11 months old yesterday!

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Other reviews of Caldecott books: 2008 Caldecotts, 2009 Caldecotts, 2010 Caldecotts.

I had only read Interrupting Chicken when this year’s Caldecotts were announced, partly because the other 2 books were very difficult to find. They were on lists of contenders I was trying to read, but bookstores and public libraries didn’t seem to stock them. So after the awards were announced I finally broke down and bought my own copies.

Caldecott Medalist:

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead.

I’ve already blogged about how much I positively adore this year’s winner, but I can keep going. This is the kind of book you can imagine reading to your kids one day, and then your grandkids, from the first page. At least it was for me. From the second I saw those bunny slippers next to quiet Amos McGee’s bed, I knew this was a keeper. The details that Erin Stead has included here are so personal, so above and beyond for such a simple story, that you can look at them repeatedly and always discover new things. I think Amos McGee is a sad-eyed widower. My mom thinks he might be developmentally challenged, warm-hearted and full of routines. But we were both thinking about who this gentle man is. And the other characters are equally fascinating and charming. The shy penguin is a particular favorite of mine. And I even love the bus driver. When you see that rabbit reading the paper on the bus, and the driver doesn’t even bat an eyelash, you know this is a good bus driver. Such a perfect, whimsical book for children. Read more on 2011 Caldecotts…

By complete coincidence, I finished the audio book of Sara Gruen’s astounding Water for Elephants the same day that my copy of Philip and Erin Stead’s A Sick Day for Amos McGee arrived in the mail. That book is hard to get your hands on these days, so it was the first chance I’d actually had to read this year’s Caldecott medalist. And something about experiencing these books on the same day made me feel so euphoric that I couldn’t escape how similar the experiences were.

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I’ve decided that March is a really tough month for doing this unit because our 1st and 2nd graders have testing. Plus, March is a big field trip month, which I seem to have missed last year. Last year I did this right after the Caldecotts and Newberys were announced, but we were still reading Clementine at that point. So anyway, I’ve got to keep tweaking this for next year, but this is what we did with the time we had.

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