Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 Caldecott Award

The 2016 Caldecott Award went to, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear written by Lindsay Mattick and illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Students absolutely love it. 

The award was named for Randolph Caldecott who was an English artist & illustrator
who lived from 1846-1886. He hugely influenced the illustration of children's books. It is awarded every year "to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." 

From the American Library Association's website: 
Finding Winnie is an incredible account of the friendship and love shared between a soldier and the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Blackall beautifully interprets this multi-dimensional family story through her distinctive Chinese ink and watercolor art, capturing intimate and historical details perfect for a child’s eye. 

“Children will be enchanted by Winnie’s journey from the forests of Canada to the pages of the Hundred Acre Wood. Blackall offers a tour-de-force of visual storytelling,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Rachel G. Payne.


A short video about Finding Winnie with Lindsay Mattick.

Memorial Teachers discussing Finding Winnie during a children's book discussion group. 
Memorial Teachers connecting Finding Winnie to the curriculum during a children's book discussion group.


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