Caldecott Winner

2012 caldecott

And the winner is…A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka! Hooray! On Monday Chris received a call of a life time—he won the prestigious Caldecott award for his book. He was so shocked at the call he asked the committee to repeat the announcement to him! Read more about his reaction here in a PW interview.

Although I didn’t guess correctly, this book is a wonderful choice. It’s a book that focuses completely on visual storytelling as there isn’t any typeset text to read. Instead, Chris’s fluid and simple watercolor illustrations take you on a fun journey with Daisy, the dog, and her ball. You can feel the energy of this little Dog through Chris’s “squiggly” brush strokes. Daisy’s expression and movements made me laugh out loud on several pages. I highly recommend, next time you are in a bookstore take a moment to read this book. Better yet, read it to your child or grandchild!