This year’s winner, A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka, became an instant favorite the first time I saw it. The illustrations tell the story (there are no words in this book) of Daisy and her favorite toy, perfectly capturing the emotion of this little dog and her ball.
This year’s honor books are:
Blackout by John Rocco. When everything electronic shuts down on a hot summer night, the family in this book rediscovers the joy of spending time with each other and their neighbors. I love how the little boy refuses to let things go “back to normal” when the lights come back on; it really captures the wisdom of childhood and what we can learn by returning to simplicity.
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith. The illustrations in this book tell the story of a little boy’s great-grandfather through sculpted shrubs. They capture the imagination with the garden design and the beautiful green hues.
Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell. This book illustrates the life of famed anthropologist Jane Goodall and her stuffed chimp Jubilee as she decides growing up to dedicate her life to studying animals in Africa. I love the impact of turning the last page to find a picture of Jane’s “dream come true.” This story is an inspiration to all children to follow their dreams.
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