2012 Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year.  It was named in honor of 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott.  Together with the Newbery Medal, it is the most prestigious American children’s book award.
  

Winner
The 2012 Caldecott Medal winner is A Ball for Daisy, written and illustrated by Chris Raschka.  Raschka also won the Caldecott in 2006 for “The Hello, Goodbye Window.”
In a wordless book with huge children’s appeal, Chris Raschka gives us the story of an irrepressible little dog whose most prized possession is accidently destroyed.  With brilliant economy of line and color, Raschka captures Daisy’s total (yet temporary) devastation. A buoyant tale of loss, recovery and friendship.

“Chris Raschka’s deceptively simple paintings of watercolor, gouache and ink explore universal themes of love and loss that permit thousands of possible variants,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Steven L. Herb. ‘A Ball for Daisy’ holds as many unique stories as there will be young readers and re-readers.

2012 Honor Books

1       Blackout – Written and illustrated by John Rocco
A summer’s power outage draws an urban family up to their building’s roof and then down to the street for an impromptu block party.  Rocco illuminates details and characters with a playful use of light and shadow in his cartoon-style illustrations. He delivers a terrific camaraderie-filled adventure that continues even when the electricity returns.


 
     Grandpa Green – Written and illustrated by Lane Smith
Elaborate topiary sculptures give visual form to memories in a wildly fanciful garden tended by a child and his beloved great-grandfather.  Using an inspired palate, Lane Smith invites readers to tour a green lifetime of meaningful moments.


     Me … Jane – Written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

Watching the birds and squirrels in her yard, a young girl discovers the joy and wonder of nature. In delicate and precise India ink and watercolor, McDonnell depicts the awakening of a scientific spirit. A perceptive glimpse of the childhood of renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall. 

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