A picture book is a magical thing. It can entertain, educate, and persuade. It can make you to think, feel, and imagine.
Every year the writing community gets together and chooses the best of the best. These are the ones which are adorned with shiny stickers. These are the coveted titles. This year is no exception. Let’s take a look at the Caldecott winners of 2017.
Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (son of John Steptoe, author of 1988’s Caldecott Honor winning Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters).
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Art and story work together to inspire and delight readers.
Caldecott Honor Books
Leave Me Alone!
Written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol
Roaring Brook Press
Pure entertainment. Family relationships, wild animals, and space travel are knit into a rollicking story.
Du Iz Tak?
Written and illustrated by Carson Ellis
A story of homes and relationships all told in a strange inventive language. Here, the artwork does the heavy lifting. Discovery and imagination blend with a healthy dose of nonsense.
They All Saw A Cat
Written and illustrated by Brendan Wenzel
Questions what you see and what you think you see. It’s all about perception and understanding truth from individual viewpoints.
Freedom in Congo Square
Written by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie
Illustrated by Freddie Williams Evans
Little Bee Books
Historically accurate account of slave and free blacks in New Orleans told in lyrical language depicting the soul of humanity.