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The announcement of the Caldecott award winners at the end of the month always brings joy to the end of January each year. The Randolph Caldecott Medal was named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator. Awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, the Caldecott Medal recognizes the most eminent American picture book for children published in the United States of America during the preceding year.
Watercress, illustrated by Jason Chin and written by Andrea Wang, is the 2022 Caldecott Medal winner. The story shares how gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family’s Chinese heritage. This book was also recognized as a 2022 Newbery Honor Book for outstanding contribution to children’s literature.
Caldecott Honor Books include:
Have You Ever Seen a Flower?, illustrated and written by Shawn Harris, share how one child experiences a flower with all five senses—from its color to its fragrance to the entire universe it evokes. This simple single flower expands one’s perspective. The dog in the story reminds us of Harry the Dog.
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, sensitively introduces young readers to the tragedy of the Tulsa Race Massacre, which devastated the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. This also won the 2022 Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards.
Join the Wonder Walkers, illustrated and written by Micha Archer, as they are dazzled and delighted by the beauty around them. Their questions will leave you wondering and thinking about nature through new eyes.
If you’re looking for new books to add to your library or bookstore list, then be sure to check out these recent Caldecott award winners.