More 2015 Caldecott Picks & Picture Book of the Day

More 2015 Caldecott Picks & Picture Book of the Day

I wanted to share Maria Gianferrari‘s great Caldecott and Newbery picks that she left in my comments:

My vote for the Caldecott goes to Marla Frazee’s The Farmer and the Clown–I LOVE this book! It’s funny and touching–I laughed and cried :) I also loved Kelly DiPucchio’s Gaston w/ Christian Robinson’s amazing art, and The Right Word by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

I also loved Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin as well as Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

I’m up for Picture Book of the Day today and my pick is another Caldecott hopeful, Where’s Mommy?. (More of my Caldecott and Newbery picks are here).

caldecott hopeful Where's Mommy?

Where’s Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio, illustrated by Barbara McClintock

My second pick for the Caldecott is Where’s Mommy?. The story is fairly straightforward and charming, but it’s the mid-century modern house and classic feel to the illustrations that show the mouse and little girl in parallel in their two homes that make this book a winner in my humble opinion.


2015 Caldecott Picks by Maria Gianferrari

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

A wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee about a little clown who gets separated from his family when he is bounced off his circus train and gets reluctantly rescued by a farmer.

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson

An adorable dog story about four puppies who are learning to be well behaved.

The Right Word by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Alex Baugh of Randomly Reading has a great post on two word-ish biographies (Two Books About Words): Noah Webster & His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris, illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch and The Right Word about Roget Thesaurus!


2015 Newbery Picks by Maria Gianferrari

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

I must say that I was very impressed with Rain Reign social media book launch on Instagram using #RainReign by publisher Mac Kids Books! I don’t know came up with it but it was effective! I saw an equally strong presence on Google + too, if I recall correctly! It conveyed the gist of the story beautifully; I understood it to be a story of special needs girl and her lost dog who goes missing after a big flood.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I don’t know a single person who hasn’t loved memoir-novel-in-verse Brown Girl Dreaming! And that includes middle school girls who are not brown!


What about you? Do you have some new favorite books from 2014 that you are hoping will win an award? Please share!


p.s. Some related posts here:

Predicting 2015 Caldecott and Newbery

Newbery Award Winners by Age Appropriateness

Predicting 2014 Caldecott, Newbery and Printz

2014 Winners for Caldecott, Newbery, Printz and More


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  1. Mia!!

    Imagine my surprise when I opened my email & saw that you had highlighted my own picks–thank you!I do LOVE all of these books!

    I hadn’t heard of “Where’s Mommy?” so I’ll definitely check that one out! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. All great picks! I recently read RAIN REIGN and was pretty much blown away! So glad to see it getting some attention here. 🙂
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  3. Illustrations can really make a book!
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  4. I like your picks for the Newbery as they are some of my favorites. Reviewed “Rain Reign” and “Brown Girl Dreaming.” But, one book that really made a lasting impression on me was “A Time to Dance” by Padma Venkatraman. I also liked “A Snicker of Magic,” by Natalie Lloyd.

    Loved “A Farmer and the Clown.” I’d add “King for a Day” by Rukhasana Kahn.
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  5. Nice! I’ve added the farmer and the clown one to my list. I’ve had Gaston on there too and am waiting for it to come to my library!
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  6. Literate For Life

    HI Mia. I like the way you began your post with a reader comment/vote. 🙂 I am looking forward to reading Rain Reign. It is on my “to buy” list. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these winners. I love them. I came via Kid Lit Blog Hop, but I’m a fan. 🙂
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  7. Great list! I am rooting for Bad Bye Good Bye for the Caldecott and definitely Brown Girl Dreaming for the Newbery. My third grader’s vote this week for the Caldecott, so I’m interested in seeing their favorites!
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  8. Renee C.

    Another year gone by and another treasure trove of wonderful books. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. 🙂
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  9. Thanks, Mia! The kids are voting tomorrow, but our ballot choices is up now:
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