So, we're halfway through 2010 already (I know, I know) and Betsy over at Fuse #8 is venturing her Halfway-Mark Caldecott/Newbery guesses
She's really good at doing this, so I'm not gonna be one to disagree. The Newbery is not my field of expertise (despite what I said in my last post- I have a LONG way to go!), but I do have major MAJOR love for this book:
The Night Fairy
by Laura Amy Schlitz is simply LOVELY. If you haven't read it yet, please please do. I'll even guarantee this one! I'm going to read it aloud to my twins this summer- I don't normally read longer books to them (we still read picture books together) but I think it will make a perfect read-aloud. This book, to me, has Newbery (or at least Newbery Honor) written all over it.
What do I see for Caldecott contenders? I've already shared my love (I think? Did I blog this book? Or did I just marvel at it over on goodreads? I can't remember...) for Betsy's top pick, which is this:
Here Comes The Garbage Barge
is just smack-you-in-the-face awesome. I love Jonah Winter (Gertrude Is Gertrude Is Gertrude
or You Never Heard Of Sandy Koufax?!
ringing any bells?)- he has the best creative non-fiction voice in picture books today. And even if you put that aside, as I think they basically do, seeing as how the Caldecott is for illustration, the illustrations are a perfect complement to the text- they're innovative and intricate and just way, way cool. I hope it wins!
So, I may be playing favorites there, but I have a few others that have made an impression on me in a big way so far this year that certainly deserve mention as well:
(Betsy picks this one as an honor winner as well- I just love this new style of Henkes's!)
(Don't miss the endpapers on this one- best endpapers EVER!)
I'm no art expert, but all of these brought me great joy to behold. And now I'll keep my eye out for the rest of the year...