13 January 2009
It was more books and fun at this year's SEMLS Mock Caldecott Workshop. Eleven librarians (only 3 shy of an actual Caldecott committee) debated the pros and cons of over thirty illustrated books, ranging from the lyrical My Friend, The Starfinder (Illus. S. Gammell) to the dramatic Duel! Burr and Hamilton's Deadly War of Worlds (Illus. L. Day.) Our list included such unorthodox choices as the novelty book Swing! by Rufus Seder and the photo-laden Nic Bishop's Frogs (by, well, Nic Bishop!) Graphic novels were represented by There's a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales (Illus. R.W. Alley) and wordless picture books also got consideration thanks to Trainstop by previous Honor winner Barbara Lehman. In the end, the 2009 winners were:
Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein, illus. by Ed Young
Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
Nic Bishop Frogs by Nic Bishop
Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements
Come 26 January, we'll see how our selections hold up.