2013 Medal Winner
The 2013 Caldecott Medal winner is This Is Not My Hat, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Candlewick Press.
In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a
hat. It fits him just right. But the big fish wants his hat back.
Klassen’s controlled palette, opposing narratives and subtle cues compel
readers to follow the fish and imagine the consequence.
“With minute changes in eyes and the slightest displacement of
seagrass, Klassen’s masterful illustrations tell the story the narrator
doesn’t know,” Caldecott Chair Sandra Imdieke said.
2013 Honor Books
Creepy Carrots!, illustrated by Peter
Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds and published by Simon & Schuster
Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s
Jasper the rabbit loves carrots until he notices they are everywhere.
He is convinced they’re coming for him! Pronounced shadows, black
borders and shaded edges enhance this ever so slightly sinister tale
with a distinctly cinematic feel. This is one serving of carrots
children will eagerly devour.
Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
A selfish archduke threatens to halt a little girl’s transformation
of a colorless town and steal her box of magical yarn. Klassen’s
innovative digital technique results in shifts of color that signal
character change and critical turns of plot -all done with just the
right stitches of humor.
Green, illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger and published by Neal Porter Books, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press
In this original concept book, Seeger engages all the senses with her
fresh approach to the multiple meanings of “green.” Using
thickly-layered acrylics, word pairings and cleverly placed die cuts,
she invites readers to pause, pay attention and wonder.
One Cool Friend, illustrated by David
Small, written by Toni Buzzeo and published by Dial Books for Young
Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group
Energetic line and dizzying perspective combine for a rollicking tale
of Father, Elliot and a highly improbable pet (or two). Buzzeo’s text,
brimming with sly wordplay, earns its perfect counterpoint in Small’s
ink, watercolor and pencil illustrations with chilly details and visual
jokes that invite many repeated readings.
Sleep Like a Tiger, illustrated by Pamela
Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue and published by Houghton Mifflin
Books for Children, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing
Surrounded with dreamlike images of crowns, ornate patterns and
repeated visual motifs, her parents coax her into bed. Using mixed media
artwork on wood enhanced with computer illustrations, this is a
whimsical story with universal appeal.
Members of the 2013 Caldecott Medal Committee are:
Chair Sandra J. Imdieke, Ph.D., Northern Michigan University,Marquette,
Mich.; Elise DeGuiseppi, Pierce County Library System, Tacoma, Wash.;
Kerry J. Gleason, Wilmington (Del.) Institute Library; Sarah J. Howard,
Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia, Mo.; Nancy J. Johnson, Ph.D.,
Singapore American School; JoAnn M. Jonas, San Diego County Library; Dr.
Melanie D. Koss, Northern Illinois University, Department of Literacy
Education, DeKalb; Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library,
Washington, D.C.; Dr. Miriam Martinez, University of Texas at San
Antonio; Dr. Claudette S. McLinn, Center for the Study of Multicultural
Children’s Literature, Inglewood, Calif.; Kiera Parrott, Darien (Conn.)
Library; Carol Hanson Sibley, Minnesota State University, Moorhead,
Minn.; Michelle M. Willis, Scotch Plains (N.J.) Public Library; Maida
Wong, South Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library; and Dr. Nancy P.
Zimmerman, University of South Carolina, School of Library and
Information Science, Columbus, S.C.
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