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of Picture Book Art
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  • Amherst, MA 01002


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Picture Books We Love

The Caldecott Medal Books of 2015

It's our favorite time of year in the children's book industry - ALA Youth Media Award time!

Congratulations to all the winners (the authors, illustrators, editors, art directors, editors, all of you!) who brought us such an amazing year of new books for young children. For a complete list of this year's winning books, click here.

The Caldecott committee gave the big shiny gold medal to my favorite book of the year: 

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

If you haven't read this sweet, magical book yet, pick up a copy now, now, now! You won't regret it.

And if you absolutely love the artwork, like I do, you probably need this print in your home or office.

There was a record number of honor books this year. They were:

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo 

The Noisy Paintbox: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPre

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jilliam Tamaki

Congratulations to all!

Were you surprised by any of the winners? Did your favorites win or get overlooked? Let me know in a comment below.

I was pleasantly surprised (understatement of the year!) that The Adventures of Beekle won as it didn't seem to be getting much attention from any Mock Caldecotts and best book lists in pre-award buzz. And while I'm so pleased that a graphic novel was awarded an honor, I bet there will be A LOT of discussion about a book for teens qualifying for the Caldecott. I'd say this is a revolutionary moment for the Caldecott similar to the win for The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This changes everything. Well done, committee

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