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I can hardly contain my excitement, you all! The ALA Youth Media Awards were just announced, and I was particularly excited about the Caldecott. An Honor went to the mighty talented Bryan Collier for Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, written by Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, September 2010). I have this book in my to-be-read pile. Yes, that’s right. There is always one winner or Honor title chosen that I am clueless about or have yet to read, but how much do I love Collier’s work? A whole lot.
The other Honor? Interrupting Chicken (Candlewick, August 2010)! YES! I have been wishing for some kind of Caldecott nod for David Ezra Stein (here’s his 2008 7-Imp interview) for years now. He has been one-to-watch, and I suppose now he’s The Watched! Here’s the 7-Imp visit from June in which he shared early sketches and such.
And the winner (from Roaring Brook)?
How much do I want to hug every member of that committee right now? They’re smart people.
Big congratulations to all the winners, particularly Erin and Phil!
All images posted with permission of illustrators and recycled from earlier posts.