Caldecott Picture Book Winners!

locomotive Each January, a new Caldecott Medal Winner is chosen by teachers and librarians from all over the country.  They spend a year pouring over picture books to find the best illustrations for children.

This year the award was given to Brian Floca for his book, Locomotive.   A family from 1869 boards the train in Omaha and travels all the way to Sacramento.

“The committee was impressed with Floca’s ability to creatively capture the immensity and inner workings of the early locomotive and combine it with a family’s adventurous journey west,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Marion Hanes Rutsch.

Three honor books were named.

journeyJourney by Aaron Becker.

Finding a magical red crayon, a bored and lonely girl draws a door on her bedroom wall that opens a colorful new world. Her adventure leads her into trouble, but with the helps of a new friend, she finds her way home again.

flora-flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

An enthusiastic yet awkward girl wants to dance with the flamingo, and is snubbed.  But her charming persistence wins over the bird and in the end, they two create a beautiful duet of movement.

mr-wufflesMr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

Mr. Wuffles is a very bored house cat who one day discovers a surprising new toy – one that gets away! This new toy is actually a space ship of little green aliens, who with the help of some ants, and ladybugs, are able to escape the clawed clutched of Mr. Wuffles.

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