Last night we conducted our Mock Caldecott with Ed Spicer, an official member of the 2008 Caldecott Committee. Ed has done many programs around the Kalamazoo area in the past couple of months (including two here at the Kalamazoo Public Library) where he introduced new books that were eligible for the Caldecott Award given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. From votes taken during these programs, he developed a short list of books that we discussed last night and voted on. Congratulations goes to local photographer, Nic Bishop, for his book Frogs! (Nic being from Kalamazoo didn't bias us at all.) Ed explained how the actual Caldecott Committee might have to vote multiple times as they narrow it down to one book and up to four honor books.
After three votes of our own, we chose the winner and two honor books:
The House in the Night illustrated by Susan Marie Swanson
Wabi Sabi illustrated by Ed Young
Now we just have to wait until late January 2009 when they announce the actual Caldecott winner to see how we did. If Nic Bishop were to win the Caldecott, it would be a historic event since it would be the first time that a book with photographs won the award. Good luck, Nic!
Let us know who you think is the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children in 2008.