I'm posting my list of Caldecott Hopefuls (I don't even try to pick the winners; these are just some of last year's personal favorites) from a borrowed computer on our last night in London. Sadly, I scheduled our plane trip home such that we will be IN THE AIR when the ALA awards are announced tomorrow morning. It's going to be a long flight!
- Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan and Sophie Blackall (Viking Juvenile; reviewed here).
- Bunny Days by Tao Nyeu (Dial).
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick).
- Nini Lost and Found by Anita Lobel (Knopf).
- Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor (Houghton Mifflin).
- Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas (Scholastic).
- Dotty by Erica S. Perl and Julia Denos (Abrams).
Nonfiction edition (links are to my reviews of these titles):
- Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan, and Brian Floca (Flash Point).
- Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle and Julie Paschkis (Henry Holt).
International edition (I know, not eligible, but these are MY Caldecott Hopefuls after all):
- The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood and Renata Liwska (Houghton Mifflin).
And that's it, except for the ones on my desk at home that I'm forgetting. Maybe the Caldecott Committee will remind me, or maybe they'll choose Art and Max by David Weisner (Clarion): a worthy choice! What are your personal favorites and/or Caldecott picks? Remind me.