Caldecott Award Winners and Honors

K-2 Children's Literature Books

Caldecott Award

The Randolph Caldecott medal is awarded each year by the Association for Library Service to Children to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children. All awarded or honored books have breathtaking illustrations that help tell the story.

A Sick Day For Amos McGee

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A Sick Day for Amos Mcgee by Philip C. Stead

A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a story of a zoo worker and his animals. One day, Amos gets sick and the animals don't know what to do without him! They go on an adventure through the city to find him.

The story is a great one about friendship and how kindness and caring should be reciprocated. This would be a great read aloud for K-2 students. Teachers can use this book to discuss friendship and how friends should act and care for each other so that when they are in need of something, their friends will be there. The colorful and detailed pictures are perfect for students to remain engaged throughout the read aloud.
Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

A young man travels from his home in Japan to America. This tells his story of how he moves back and forth from Japan to California and starts to have a family. He falls in love with both countries and has a love for traveling.

This book would be great for second grade. It could introduce the ideas of immigration and what immigrants go through when they come to America. It could also discuss families and introduce the ideas of family trees. Teachers could also talk about culture, specifically Japanese culture.

The illustrations in this picture book are lifelike, detailed, and do a great job of showing the differences between Japan and America.