Award Winning Books!

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Caldecott Winners and Honor Books

These books received the Caldecott award or honor for their outstanding illustration in children's picture books.

"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by Mo Willems

This book is about a pigeon who dreams of one day driving a bus. In the beginning, the bus driver tells the reader he will be back and not to allow the pigeon to drive the bus. The pigeon tries and tries to convince the reader to allow him to drive the bus. He begs and pleads with the reader. This book keeps the reader engaged in the story through it's interactive dialogue with the reader. It is wonderfully illustrated to help you feel the emotion in the story. After reading this story, children can write in a journal by finishing this sentence: "If the pigeon drove the bus, he would____________." They can then illustrate a picture to match their writing.

Willems, M. (2003). Don't let the pigeon drive the bus. Hyperion Books.

"It Could Always Be Worse" by Margot Zemach

In this story, a poor man lives in a small house with his wife and six children. It is very crowded and the children and parents tend to argue and become frustrated with each other. When the poor man can no longer take it anymore, he seeks the advice of a Rabbi. The Rabbi instructs him to bring into his hut various animals. This creates more and more chaos in his home. He then returns to the Rabbi to complain that things are in fact getting worse instead of better. In the end, the Rabbi tells him to let out all the animals, and the poor man realizes how peaceful his house was after all. The illustrations are lively and portray the hut in a humorous way. The reader walks away having learned a great moral; sometimes things aren't as bad as they seem. Here are some more folklore good reads: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback and Terrible, Terrible! by Robin Bernstein and Mooney Kawasaki.

Zemach, M. (1976). It could always be worse. New York: Scholastic

"Song and Dance Man" by Karen Ackerman

This is a book about a grandfather who back in his younger days used to sing and dance on the Vaudeville stage. When his grandchildren come to visit, he opens up an old trunk in his attic and pulls out his old costume and accessories. In the attic he puts on a show for his grandchildren. They laugh and have a great time watching their grandfather perform. They even give him a standing ovation at the end. The author uses a great amount of imagery to help the reader experience the performance by grandpa. She compares the aroma in the air to "cedar chips" as grandpa opens his old trunk full of stuff . The reader feels like they are right there in the attic with the characters. An activity to do at home after reading this book is to have children decorate a shoe box to create their own truck. Have children think about a memory that they treasure like a trip or birthday party. Have them collect some items from that memory to place in their own truck for keepsake.

Ackerman, K., & Gammell, S. (1988). Song and dance man. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

"So You Want to be President" by Judith St. George

This nonfiction book highlights many fun facts about past Presidents of the United States. The author mentions interesting facts such as who was the oldest and youngest President, how many were named George, and what types of pets they had. Children can relate to what it takes to be the President such as having lots of homework. The book's message is a positive one by stating "If you want to be President-a good President-pattern yourself after the best." The illustrations are drawn in caricature making them attractive to children. Other great books by this author and illustrator: So You Want to be an Explorer? and So You Want to be an Inventor?

George, J. S., & Small, D. (2000). So you want to be president? New York: Philomel Books.