Archive for the ‘Caldecott’ Category

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

January 3, 2011 - 10:10 pm No Comments

A girl and her dad go out owling on a cold winter night. She knows she has to be quiet and that she might hear and owl and she might not. I love the beautiful language in this book and the quiet moments that the little girl shares with her dad while they are out together on their nature walk in the snow.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

December 28, 2010 - 9:59 am No Comments

This story is SO interesting and has been a favorite in our house lately. It is the true story of Wilson Bentley who discovered that not all snowflakes are alike. Not only does is it a great story, but it has some of the pictures that he took of snowflakes and is also a great lesson in perseverance and believing in yourself when no one else does.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

November 30, 2010 - 8:52 am No Comments

This book has been around for over 40 years and is still one of my favorites. This story follows Peter around (in his memorable red jacket) as he tracks through the the snow, makes snow angels, watches the big kids have a snowball fight, slides down hills and makes one last snowball to put in his pocket to save for later. The cadence of the words and the illustrations are what make this book a keeper…it is truly timeless.

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

November 22, 2010 - 10:10 pm No Comments

Kitten sees the full moon and thinks it’s a big bowl of milk. She tries to lick it, but only ends up with a mouth full of bugs. She tries to jump up and grab it, but only ends up tumbling down the stairs. She even sees its reflection in a pond and ends up just being a wet (and still hungry) kitten. She drags herself back home and guess what’s sitting on the front porch for her. Yep, that’s right…a big bowl of milk.

Hush! by Minfong Ho

November 3, 2010 - 2:42 pm No Comments

A rhyming Thai lullaby where a mother tries to keep all of the creatures quiet…from a mosquito to a cat to a monkey to a water buffalo to an elephant…so that her baby can sleep. All is quiet in the end and baby isn’t the only one who’s asleep.

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

July 11, 2010 - 11:11 pm No Comments

This is a such a sweet and simple story of a mother and her child out picking berries whose trip to the berry patch gets mixed up with a mother bear and her cub also out looking for berries. I think one of my favorite parts of this story is the last picture of the book with the mother and Sal in their kitchen canning all of the blueberries they just picked. If you have gone to the berry patch recently or are going to be heading there soon, this is a must read.

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

May 1, 2010 - 2:18 am No Comments

I don’t have any little girls, but I have friends who do who I think could relate to this book. Ella Sarah is getting dressed and has some very definite ideas as to what she wants to wear even though her choice isn’t very practical, nor does it really match. Several family members try to intervene to no avail. Sound like any little girl you might know?

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

April 13, 2010 - 8:17 pm No Comments

Poor Officer Buckle goes to schools and teaches the kids about being safe. His presentations, however, are boring and his important safety message is not getting through. Things start to turn around though when Napville’s police department gets a police dog named Gloria. Gloria is soon accompanying Officer Buckle to his safety talks and the kids are sitting up and paying attention. They even seem to be enjoying Officer Buckle’s presentations, but he can’t seem to figure out why. Your children will love the illustrations which show them what Officer Buckle can’t figure out. This book always gets a giggle at our house.