Every year, the American Library Association (ALA) awards the Caldecott Medal to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. I guess ALA agreed with us, because this year’s winner is A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which we featured as one of the best books of 2010!
Looking to update your reading routine? Don’t just take the ALA’s word for it–we highly recommend Amos, too. It’s a simple story about a kind zookeeper who is repaid for his lifetime of caring for his animals when he catches a cold. Of course, the illustrations bring the story to life in a way your child won’t be able to resist.
But don’t stop there. There were two Caldecott Honor Books for 2010 that your kids are sure to love, as well:
Dave the Potter is a beautiful, artistic interpretation of Dave the potter’s artistic process, which conveys the dignified triumph of his humanity in the face of oppression. The art is breathtaking, and paired with the poetic, soulful text, this is a wonderful pick for older readers.
Interrupting Chicken is humorously and energetically illustrated with bright, rich colors. The hilarious story-within-a-story about the all-too-familiar tale of bedtime reading is sure to please even the most impatient listeners.
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