By STEPHANIE HERSHBERGER
Children’s Services, Warsaw Community Public Library
Did you ever consider reading a Caldecott picture book for something new and different to your child? Why did these great books in our collection win the gold medal honor? Why does Warsaw Community Public Library have a stand-alone award collection? What makes these picture books so different and worthwhile reading for children?
Caldecott Award winners are known for their creative style of illustrations. These award winning books capture the reader’s attention through various styles of art and written word. The winners have used all forms of artistic talent to create their books. Pastels, charcoals, water colors and pencil sketches are just a few gold medal illustrations. Through the love of reading and great illustrations, the Caldecott winners are known to have the words fly off the page because of the art. Reading word for word can be done; but what makes a Caldecott a true winner is seeing the pages come to life as you turn each page, catching not only the written word, but also the pictures.
A few of my favorite winners I like to include in story times would be: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “The Little House,” “Kitten’s First Full Moon” and “A Sick Day for Amos McGee”. I absolutely love “The Polar Express.” Although a longer read, the illustrations are incredible. They jump off the pages, making this book come alive.
You can always pick up your favorite Curious George, Strawberry Shortcake or Berenstain Bear books. But, why not try a classic winner the next time you come into Children’s Services? Ask for the picture books called Caldecott Award Books; the books with the gold medal of honor and purple tape on the spine. We’d be happy to assist you in a new read with your child