Caldecott predictions- what will be the best picture book?

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The 2015 Caldecott awards will be announced soon for the best picture books of 2014. Here are some of the front runners for the award this year:

Image of item  This author and illustrator form a magical team.  They have won before, and may win again this year.

Image of itemI must admit that Marla Frazee is one of my favorite illustrators.  She won a Caldecott Honor for the illustrations in All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon.  This year’s book is a wordless one, so Marla is using her art to tell all of the story.

Image of itemAnother wordless book – this time based on Raul Colon’s childhood.

3 books frequently mentioned are biographies.  This is unusual.

Image of itemA biography of Matisse from an author known for chapter books.

Image of itemHow ironic would it be for Lois Ehlert to finally win an award with a book that is about her picture books?

Image of itemA short and simple, but profound, biography of Gandhi told by his grandson.  It’s message of “Live our lives as light” challenges my own beliefs and actions.

Image of itemI bought this book to help children who had recently moved, but it is delightful.  It is so well done, I want to recommend it to all young children.


Image of itemA book about an imaginary friend off in search of a child with a great imagination – terrific concept that is really well done.

I’d like to hear from you.  What were some of your favorite picture books of the year?